As parents, we realize the importance of knowing how to cook; actually we learned that it is crucial as soon as we started living on our own.
So if you want your kids to have a comfortable transition once they leave your house, avoid making the following mistakes:
Stop Prohibiting Them From Entering the Kitchen:
Yes! The kitchen can be a nasty place for your toddler, but if you supervise them and teach how to cook simple things, then they are not going to try to go there and do whatever they want every time you turn your back on them.
One thing I always do is that I have my daughter next to me when making our breakfast smoothie. She stands on her stool and grabs the strawberries and spinach leaves that are frozen bad and throws them in the blender, and also helps me push the buttons on the blender to make our smoothie.
So, help your kid feel comfortable around the kitchen and of course take precautions such as buying plug protectors, stove child safety knobs, safety locks for the kitchen cabinets, among other safety tools.
Stop Doing Everything for Your Kid:
When your child is no longer a toddler, he or she will be able to get butter on their toast by themselves. So as soon as they are capable of doing so, let them!
Our kids acquire more abilities when they grow older. There is no news in this. But what might be news for you is that these abilities apply to doing things around the kitchen by themselves.
And this does not limit only to doing simple chores; they are going to become master in pouring cereal and milk, peeling a banana, putting peanut butter and jelly on their sandwich, etc.
So why should you keep on serving every single snack for them up until they’re teenagers? Help them get ready for when they face the world.
Stop Ordering Food Whenever They Don’t Like What’s Available in the Fridge:
If they don’t like whatever is ready to eat in the fridge or they complain about leftovers, then don´t continue to make it so easy for them. Why don’t you promote their cooking skills by guiding and helping them to prepare something they are craving?
Let’s imagine your 12-year-old is refusing to eat the leftovers and he wants pizza. So instead of ordering a pizza for him, I would recommend you teach them how to make a “sandwich pizza,” you show them you have toast and tomato paste in the pantry, you have cheese and ham in the fridge, etc. In this way, guide them in the making of their special pizza.
Stop Worrying About the Mess in the Kitchen:
How else are they going to learn? Let them experiment their own recipes, let them really know what it feels to be cooking. Let them be kids. They might not get it right the first time, but they will definitely have fun doing it and will want to do it again!
On the Positive Side:
Narrate what you’re doing every time you cook. Explain and share the family recipes with them. Tell them about the secret ingredients and let them be a part of what you´re doing.
That’s all about the mistakes you need to avoid while introducing your kid to cooking. How do you introduce your child to cooking? Let me know if you follow some other creative methods.
Hi, I´m Heidi and I am a Food Science and Technology Engineer with a Master´s Degree, but I am also a stay-at-home-mom. Up until very recently I worked for a multinational company, then I decided that I did not want to miss all the important milestones and quality time of my daughter, so I decided to become a freelancer. I love to do research, read and write articles about Food Benefits, and share my experiences and life-savior tips as a mom. Stay tuned to read parenting lessons, cooking tips, and much more.