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Get The Kids In The Kitchen!

| March 1, 2013 | 2 Comments

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When your kids are young it is fun to have them in the kitchen helping you pour and stir.  The photos are cute, the flour on the floor and sprinkles all the way to the bathroom are adorable, and the memories are precious! As the kids get older, it is still fun to get them in the kitchen, but it is also important. The earlier they learn to cook, to bake, to value food and healthy ingredients the better chance they have of making good food choices as teens and adults.

Kitchen time with kids is an opportunity to teach them about recipes, ingredients, measurements, baking, boiling, steaming and broiling. As kids grow they develop a relationship with food and rather than it always being a battle ground, cooking with your kids allows them fun time in the kitchen to learn.  Being a part of the process of meal preparation will give them pride at the dinner table and may entice them to try new things, to experiment with tastes and flavours and empower them to make good eating choices.

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I have always had my kids in the kitchen, mainly because I had to.  Sometimes they were literally wrapped around my legs as I tried to feed our family of 5, but mostly watching me prepare dinner was entertainment for them from their high chair as they chased peas around their tray.  As they got bigger they stood on a chair pulled up to the counter while I chopped and stirred and soon I was giving them small tasks like assembling a whole lasagna once the ingredients were ready.

Kids of all ages love to help in the kitchen. What we see as a daily chore they see as fun play time with mom or dad.  Even doing the dishes! Have you ever asked an 8 year old that can now see over the counter to wash a few dishes for you? Hot soapy water, a scrub brush, a cloth and all these fun shapes I can play with???  Of course they see this as a good time!

It may take a little longer to get the task of dinner making done, but by including your kids in the process they become engaged in the meal, more interested in it once it’s on the table, proud they were a part of it and eager to try another recipe the next time.

Start small with fun things they like to eat such as muffins or healthy apple oat bars before moving on to bigger meals, but always give the kids as many of the tasks as you can, even dishes!!  They really do love to help and the learning along the way is the icing on the cake!

 

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Deb Lowther is a writer, runner, mom of 3 and wife of a very driven entrepreneurial husband in the health and nutrition field. When not running after the kids, Deb is running in the trails, climbing mountains, training for a triathlon, doing hot yoga and enjoying her evening glass of wine. She ensures her own family has fun while eating healthy & staying active together. After selling their first company in 2015, the Lowthers' launched Element Nutrition with Stuart focusing on creating nutritional products for the baby boomer generation with Boomer Nutrition and kids with IronKids Nutrition. Deb inspires healthy families through numerous articles in print and online, encouraging others to enjoy a healthy diet, staying active and not being afraid to flex a little muscle. Author's website.

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  1. kathy downey says:

    I love having the grandkids help in the kitchen,they enjoy it and they can learn so much

  2. Leslie Crosbie says:

    I starting cooking and baking with my daughter when she was about 2 and now 10 years later, her skills in yhe kitchen have far surpassed my own, which admittedly are not all that impressive!!

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