Last month I walked into my daughter Audrey’s room and somehow triggered an emotional melt down. I came in to wake her, but I found her already dressed. The moment I peaked my head into the room I caught a sharp disapproving glare from Audrey, and then hysterics.
It took a good five minutes of bawling/fast-talking before the wails turned into sobs and then finally, sniffles. I had no idea what was going on, but I could tell she was upset with ME and I hadn’t even done anything but walk into the room!
But that was just it. She didn’t want me there. She had secretly planned to make breakfast herself.
Audrey is only 5, so I didn’t expect her to have such a strong desire to start cooking! I told her that I’d start teaching her. Then, she could cook for breakfast for the family on Saturday mornings. And she has been doing a great job ever since! Every Saturday she wakes herself up early, gets dressed, brushes her teeth brushed (usually), and puts breakfast on the table!
Like Audrey, most children have a strong desire to participate in the kitchen. Instead of letting them in, give them plastic food to play with! While toys are fun and useful to a point, why not teach children a real skill that they will use for the rest of their lives?
Teaching children to cook at a young age builds confidence, character, and communication skills. It gives them a way to contribute to the family so they feel important, needed, and respected.
Even though most of us cook 2-3 times a day, we totally overlook cooking with our kids. Cooking is a huge motivator that can be used to inspire, correct, and educate. That’s why True Aim is starting a Cooking with Kids series! I’ll be sharing tips, tricks, recipes, and more to help you cook with your children.
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