By now, you should know that I love to spend time in my kitchen with my kids. It is one of those things that brings me a ton of joy. I also love it because it's an area where I know I can contribute in teaching my children valuable skills. My husband is the more talented one as far as academics, theology, handiwork, and knowledge of historical and current events. (He's smart, people.) But, I'm happy that I'm the one who gets to teach our kiddos how to cook.
Did you know that kids who learn how to cook with their parents are more likely to make healthier choices as adults? It's important to get your children involved in the kitchen at an early age and teach them better eating habits that stay with them later. Don't let it feel like a chore or punishment; instead, make it fun for them!
You must remember to be encouraging to your young tot as he makes mistakes and messes. Patience goes a long ways here. If you're in a rush, give them responsibilities that are easier and need less supervision. If you have more time, use it to teach them a more involved task.
There is a lot we can teach our kids when spending time with them in the kitchen, but sometimes it takes more energy than we can give. I've come up with five points to help make it easier for you. (They all start with the letter G, in honor of my favorite letter for my last name!) 😉
The Five G's When Cooking With Your Kids
- Guide them -- lovingly.
- Give them -- creative freedom.
- Grant them -- a spill.
- Glorify them -- abundantly.
- Get them -- to smile for the camera!
That last point may seem like a joke, but I'm serious! Remember to get your camera out sometimes and take photographs of your kids when you're together in the kitchen -- because they will grow up quickly!
Cooking with your children makes for a great beginning!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Uncle Ben's. The opinions and text are all mine.