Set realistic expectations and practice good food safety to set your family up for success. Getting kids in the kitchen can be fun and can actually lead to fewer food fights. Yes, it requires a little prep work and training, but before you know it, your kids could be cooking a meal from start to finish while you set the table! First, make sure you’re not cooking with your kid(s) on a day when you’re wiped out, have limited time, or are in a less than forgiving mood. Keep these other cooking tips in mind, as well:
Kitchen safety is of utmost importance. Here are some hard and fast rules:
Be prepared for a bigger mess and more time than if you were to do everything yourself. Understand they’re just learning timing and presentation. It takes practice. Remind yourself you’ve been on earth a lot longer and have bigger coping skills than them. Get ideas on what different ages can do and when it is appropriate to think about introducing a new task by seeing our Super Crew Guide to Cooking with Kids.
It is never too soon to teach your kids about healthy eating and loving their body by feeding it well. Kids LOVE getting attention, so cooking together is a great way to bond. Kids can start cooking as young as two years old. Spend time with them in the kitchen to develop life-long skills, such as following directions, measuring (math skills), cleanliness, and creativity. Plus, they will have fun tasting healthful new foods that promote health now and in adulthood. Buy our newest book, The Super Crew’s Breakfast Cookbook for Kids, 50 Tasty Recipes + 100 Fun Nutrition Activities, for more tasty, fun recipe and activities ideas.
A messy, happy kitchen filled with kids, spills, and laughter is better than a clean and cold one. Welcome your kids into the kitchen and teach them how to be independent. Get them involved in food prep, serving, and clean up. Being involved in the cooking, prep, or baking process also makes kids more likely to try the healthy foods you are offering them!
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