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Cooking with our sons and daughters: some ideas not to die in the attempt

Cooking with our sons and daughters can be a fun time. We, your parents, are responsible for creating the memories that will mark your adult life. And what a responsibility! Day-to-day life barely leaves us time to enjoy shared moments, lived experiences, so perhaps it’s more important than ever to look for those little rats together, and take advantage of them.

For the little ones, cooking is a game. However, it can also be a unique learning opportunity. Here are some reasons:

  • Cooking we learn many about foods: what kinds of foods exist, which are healthy, how they are cooked, why it is important to know how to wait, to maintain the times…
  • Cooking can also be an opportunity to learn food hygiene standards: to handle food we must wash our hands, fresh vegetables must also be washed if we are not going to peel them.
  • In addition, cooking we learn about weights and quantities and cooking times.
  • Another apprenticeship: food doesn’t come to the table alone. There’s always someone who cooks it for us, so why not do it together whenever we can?
  • Cooking together also allows them to be more aware of and participate in what we eat.
  • Performing this type of activity together joins the family. Despite the chaos, although at times it can be stressful, it is advisable to enjoy the timeshare.
  • And beyond: in the future our children will have learned to cook. Whether it’s little or much, we don’t need great chefs, but we do need people who have some basic notions of cooking to make healthy choices.

Ideas for enjoying cooking with children

It’s true that it’s not always easy. It influences the age of the child, their own interest and their preferences with food. But it’s not impossible to enjoy that time together making the food, a sponge cake or just a different snack.

Here are some ideas to enjoy this moment:

  • Before we get to work we have to be very clear about what we are going to cook and how we are going to do it. In this way we involve them in what we eat.
  • Important before we start: wash our hands.
  • Selecting the ingredients from what we are going to prepare is the next step so that it does not impose chaos in the kitchen. Doing it together is a great opportunity to find out what ingredients we have on our plate. What we eat.
  • Once ready everything we need is convenient to be clear about some things: we’re going to get stained, the kitchen is going to get stained and it probably won’t go as we have in mind. Lowering expectations is essential to truly enjoy this shared moment.
  • It is advisable to leave the simplest tasks for the little ones: wash the vegetables, prepare the material that we are going to use, there are even specific knives so that children can cut the food without cutting the same.
  • Going step by step, explaining each of them is essential. Although it may seem simple to us, cooking is a mystery to boys and girls. Teaching them patiently is the best gift we can give them.

Resources to learn with them about healthy eating

It’s as important to cook with them as to know what we’re cooking. There are some resources that can help us lay a foundation for food education that is sustained throughout our lives. We leave you some resources that may be useful:

  • Yum! About what we eat. It is an informative book on healthy eating with which to learn concepts as important as what it is to eat healthy, what foods we should avoid or why it is important to follow healthy habits. This album is designed to help young readers, and families, become aware of what we eat so we can choose with arguments.
  • The pandi. It is a totally free pedagogical workshop that aims mainly to promote healthy eating through the consumption of fruits and vegetables. Transversely, children learn human and environmental values, such as teamwork, empathy, sustainability and effort. Highly recommended to see with our sons and daughters.
  • Nutricoles. Through this project families have plenty of free resources available to help them eat better. And let your sons and daughters do too.