It may seem a daunting task, but there’s much to be gained by involving little ones in mealtime prep.
Imagine watching from the sidelines as your kids work together to prepare a delicious – and nutritious – breakfast. Sounds pretty good, right? In fact, 90 percent of parents believe their children should know how to cook, yet only 12 percent actually let them help in the kitchen. To inspire your young sous-chefs, Uncle Ben’s has teamed up with MasterChef Junior winner Logan Guleff and registered dietitian Cara Rosenbloom to “Get Kids Cooking”.
“Kids who learn how to cook feel pride in their accomplishment, which helps boost self-esteem,” says Cara. “They also tend to be more adventurous eaters and make healthier food choices.”
Logan, 13, adds that kids can learn a lot from cooking. “You have this life skill that you can share with the world. Kids can feel pride in themselves and also learn math, science and reading,” he says.
“Parents, your kids are way more capable than you think,” he adds. “Start by letting them try simple tasks or taking them to the market. Also, don’t ruin the fun with super dull chores. Make a mess and enjoy your time in the kitchen together.”
“Consider age and skill level,” adds Cara. “Make sure the recipe you choose has age-appropriate tasks for the kids to do, based on their dexterity and capability. Younger kids are great at pouring and stirring, while older children can try cutting and peeling.
Then taste your creations and enjoy your meal as a family, Cara says. “Make a fun ‘evaluation’ sheet so the kids can rate your meals.”
For more tips from Logan and Cara visit getkidscooking.ca.
Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, September 2015.