You, like myself, are probably just a bit tired after a long day work. Instead of getting takeout, which costs the pocketbook and the waist line, invite your kids to help cook dinner. It’s a great way to lessen your workload and teach your children the ins and outs of cooking.
Here are a couple of tips to help make the time together both educational and fun:
- Be practical. Don’t have your child’s first time helping be during the prep of a really complex dish.
- Start small. Give your child a small job to start with. Over time he or she can do increasingly complex tasks.
- Messes are a reality. Teach your child to do their job with care and as much precision as possible, but be realistic by understanding that messes are going to happen.
- Everybody cleans up. The prep and cooking process are important to learn about, and just as important is proper clean up. Have your child help out with age appropriate aspects.
- Stay calm. No one was born knowing how to prepare a multiple course meal, right?! Your child wasn’t either, so be patient as he or she learns. Questions are to be expected.
- Keep it fun. You want to foster their interest, right? I sure do. Don’t be overly critical and when possible, loosen up a little bit so you can enjoy this time as well.