There are things that we want we want our kids to learn. One of them is how they can be a part of the kitchen. At first, it will seem way too impossible. Just the thought of allowing them into the kitchen will seem like a nightmare. But calm down mommy… Let’s make it possible. Because who else can be the rightful teacher to lead their way to the kitchen if not you? If it won’t be now, when do you think will be the right time?
It’s fun if you take your little one shopping. It’s a way to get them used to where you go to purchase healthy food. You can talk about the names of the veggies and fruits, the colors… You’ll see how much their eyes will shine knowing that they’re learning new stuff. You may ask them to put some items in the cart or even carry a little shopping bag with them. They love attention. That’s what you’re going to give. Just in a little responsible way.
Bella has mastered her grocery shopping skills. As a matter of fact, she would get whatever she wants even if it is no longer important! Lol. But she knows what she needs, especially the food she wants to eat from biscuits to fruits. Once they get familiar with food and the ingredients you use for cooking, they would surely be excited to help in food preparation and cooking.
You may also start off by letting them in with their kitchen toys. Show them how it’s done with the food preparation. It’s the fun way of “learning by doing”. The next time they already can, you may already let your little love join in with measuring ingredients and show him how to keep it orderly in the kitchen. Don’t be frustrated if they can’t make it right away. We’ve gone through childhood. For sure we weren’t that easy on tasks. (*wink!) Just make sure that when you do this with your little angel, your time isn’t limited. That’s to keep the stress away.
Many times, Bella would watch me or my mom cook. I know she is interested in what we are doing because every time we prepare something, she would drag a chair and watch. She would even try to get involved. Well, you can give them tasks in the kitchen too. While making some munchkins, I let Bella roll them on candy sprinkles so that she will feel her involvement in making her fave treats.
Sometimes, I would even let her mix the pancake mixture. But with supervision of course. With this, they will be happy knowing that they were able to help and that they also exerted effort in preparing their favorite food.
So, don't be hesitant to let your kids join you in the kitchen. It would be so much fun. I swear. But of course, let them do the easy tasks. Start by merely letting them hand you the spoon or get some water or something like that. Then as they grow older, give them harder tasks. Nothing is impossible for out little loves.
You’re a super mom. Believe that you are. It’s always a test in the beginning but the rewards when you see your little love learn his or her way to helping you out, it would definitely be priceless!