My Nonna had always believe, that everybody should be able to cook and that everyone should do it with love and passion. So, at the ripe young age of eight, I began my trek to cook. Now at fifty-seven, I can honestly say that cooking was in my blood, sweat and tears and say it with pride.
That's why its important today, that children should learn to cook. I'm not saying that they should be cooking complex dinners or such, but learning to cook by helping mom or dad or even grandma or grandpa.
Cooking teaches many things, that can be later used in life as the children grow older. It teaches patience, confidence and most of all, it teaches how to eat healthier and how to plan activities. It also assists with most school classwork too. For it increases your math skills, reading skills, some science is even involved as well.
Cooking for me has always been my passion, my hobby, and my livelihood. I can even proudly say, that I've been cooking for almost a half of a century.
So when you decide to cook dinner tonight, ask one or all of your children if that want to help with dinner. In fact, make it a family event once a week and let them help plan the dinner menu.
Some of the short-term benefits:
1. It encourages kids to try healthy foods.
2. Kids feel like they are accomplishing something and contributing to the family.
3. Kids are more likely to sit down to a family meal when they helped prepare it.
4. Parents get to spend quality time with their kids.
5. Kids aren't spending time in front of the TV or computer while they're cooking.
6. Kids generally aren't eating junk food when they're cooking a meal at home.
Some long-term benefits:
1. Learning to cook is a skill your children can use for the rest of their lives.
2. Kids who learn to eat well may be more likely to eat healthfully as adults.
3. Positive cooking experiences can help build self-confidence.
4. Kids who cook with their parents may even be less likely to abuse drugs.