My kids are always asking to help in the kitchen. And I almost always say ‘no’ or distract them from doing something else. I know that they need to learn some basic cooking skills. I know they should be familiar with how a kitchen works. I know I need to help them to be comfortable in the kitchen for their own good. I really do know how important getting kids in the kitchen is. It’s just they always seem to ask at the worst times.
I can come up with all the excuses, but I know I want to make it better. There are so many family traditions that center around the kitchen, I want my kids to be able to be knowledgeable and comfortable there. I needed some advice on making cooking with my kids a reality so I decided to get in touch with my friend Jessica Sweetman.
Jessica is a professionally educated chef and owner of Experience Cooking. She is also mom to 3-year-old Leland, so I knew she would be the perfect person to talk to about getting kids in the kitchen. I asked a few of my friends what they would want to know from a professional chef and mom to compile a short list of questions that can have us all spending more time helping our kids learn and less time feeling stressed!
My four-year-old is always asking to help in the kitchen – what are some good jobs I can give him that won’t add more stress to dinner prep? My 3-year-old and I love to make all sorts of things from scratch such as pancakes or waffles. He gets to pour all the measured ingredients into a bowl. Then he whisks everything with a special sized whisk I have for him. He also enjoys making smoothies in the blender (he places all the ingredients in the blender) and pressing all the buttons on all my kitchen equipment.
Well, that doesn’t seem too hard after all now does it? A lot of the barriers to getting kids in the kitchen can easily be removed with a little planning. It is said that kids are much more likely to eat meals they helped prepare themselves so what are we waiting for?
What does dinner prep look like in your house? How are you able to get your kids in the kitchen?