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Bringing the Whole Family into the Kitchen

Whether it’s time to teach the kids how to cook, need an extra hand or just need a break, getting the whole family involved in the kitchen is a must.

Dedicate a Saturday afternoon to bake with the kids. Spend a Friday night cooking with your significant other for a fun date night. No matter what the reason is, incorporating the family into the kitchen has endless rewards.

 

Teach the Kids How To Cook

It might not be relevant to them right now, but at some point in their life the kids will need to cook for themselves, or someone else. Set them up for success down the road by teaching them how to cook.

Not only will your kids learn what it means to cook a proper meal, but they will also learn the importance of food safety. Washing hands before and after touching food, separating specific foods to avoid cross-contamination and keeping your workspace clean. The kitchen skills never go away so enforcing these right off the bat is essential.

Bonus skill – patience! Cooking takes time and requires patience and concentration. Kids will learn what both of these mean since they can’t run away will the oven is on.

Family Bonding Time

Doing things as a family is a great way to have some fun and bond with one another. Learn about your kid’s week, what they’re doing at school or what they need help with. Enjoy the time with your significant other without worrying about the kids. Get lost in the moments that turn into memories.

Those family moments in the kitchen also teach children about priorities, which becomes essential as they grow up. Family sticks around so teach them through cooking that family comes first.

Enforce Life Skills

This family bonding moment is also a time to reinforce essential life skills for your kids. Seeing their family work together will go a long way when it is their time to do the same thing. Develop teamwork and social skills by working with one another.

Kids will learn about organization and planning as they must ensure they have all the ingredients before starting. If not, whip out the problem-solving skills and see what can be substituted or left out without completely changing the recipe.

Your family will also learn about proper nutrition and how to make an informed decision about the foods they consume.

Dress the Part – Kids and All

Want to kick up the family cooking time? Dress the part of chefs and bakers. Chef Works has a variety of aprons for adults and children that are stylish, affordable and efficient.

Have some fun in the kitchen and enforce what it means to be a team with a family uniform. Not only will it be entertaining for the whole family, but you’ll also protect your clothes in case things start getting messy.

 

So start planning family kitchen days or evenings and get the kids involved too. Start teaching your children valuable life lessons that need to come from their parents, all while creating memories that will last a lifetime.

About the Author

Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger. She created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three daughters, ages 15,12, 6 and a son who is 2. They currently reside in Texas.

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