Kitchen Talk: A Fun, Easy Way to Connect with Your Kids
For many parents, it can be difficult finding time to spend with their children.
But there is one easy and inexpensive way for parents to connect with their kids in a meaningful way: in the kitchen.
When parents and children cook together, the shared experience can be special. Older children feel valued when asked for their input around the stove, and, for the very young, an invitation to help out in the kitchen will make them feel like a “big kid.”
You can even use baking as an opportunity for kids to learn, in a very real way, about fractions and measuring.
Building memories is as important as learning how to peel vegetables or dress a salad. While it can be especially difficult for parents to connect with their teenage children, dinner prep can help them develop skills that will stand them in good stead when they move out.
As one now-grown tween said: “I knew that someday I’d need these skills. And I still remember cooking with my mom.”
Following are some suggestions for kids’ tasks, ranked from beginner to expert: washing produce and mixing for the beginner; chopping, boiling, and following a recipe for children with some experience in the kitchen; and for your chef-to-be, well, take a chance on letting him or her experiment with tweaking recipes.
Working together in the kitchen is fun; so is eating the results together. Sure, they’ll make mistakes, but aside from overcooked vegetables, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. And so do they.