What’s one of the most enjoyable activities for kids? Of course, it’s following the actions of their parents. You can easily imagine little children wearing their fathers’ suits and their mothers’ dresses. While kids are on their curious stage, it’s important for parents to be there for them as positive role models.
Try to impart life skills like cooking to your kids while they are still impressionable, while they are still soaking everything in their formative years and considers every word from you as gold. Children can eventually learn cooking as they grow older, but there are benefits to learning that skill with their parents. Find out what you and your kids can get from cooking and preparing meals together inside your home.
Acquire Life Skills at an Early Age
It is a universal understanding that food sustains life. It’s essential in every part of society, especially in its most basic unit—the family. Parents are keen on cooking food for their kids because this truth has been imprinted throughout the evolution of humanity. This is the kind of life skill your kids can bring with them until they grow old—until they have children of their own. Even when you start with something small like cooking pancakes or frying eggs, that will be a foundation for a very important life skill for your children.
Be Familiar with New Food Trends
As adults, parents can’t help it if they get behind the latest trends among young people, whether they are games, clothes, and yes, food. There are, for example, services where crates of food and other exciting stuff are shipped directly to your house! This is why preparing meals together with your kids can give you more opportunities to talk about small things about each other’s day. You can be privy to whatever new brand of cereal, snack, or drink is popular among kids. During good days or special occasions, cooking new meals your kids like can be a very special moment when you do it together.
Cooking Together as a Means of Forming Precious Memory
Children grow up fast. One moment you’re taking them to preschool; the next they’re taking the college admission test. It will only be a matter of time before they’re grown and preoccupied with their own busy lives. People in their adulthood are often struggling but are sometimes comforted by happy childhood memories.
Taking the time to prepare meals together with your kids—whether it’s for breakfast, dinner, or even snacks; it will leave fond memories. The food you cook together will warm your tummies now and will warm your hearts in the future when you look back.
Make sure to make it a point to widen your horizons when it comes to cooking. There are a lot of interesting cuisines around the world from well-known countries like Japan and Korea to obscure and underrated ones from Peru and Laos. Learning is always great and cultivating these experiences could trigger further interest. Start small by recreating snacks and desserts, but if you have the opportunity to eat popular treats from other countries, then by all means go ahead and do it.
Teach the Economical Value of Cooking at Home
If you mostly relied on deliveries, takeout food, and restaurants for meals when you were still single, you would understand how that lifestyle eats away at your budget. Starting a family can definitely bring a new perspective, especially in spending money. You can take this opportunity to teach your kids so they will have a better sense of spending their money when they finally live alone.
If one of the reasons for cooking together with your kids is to teach them how advantageous cooking at home is, here are some ways you can demonstrate it:
- Tell them they can save more by cooking at home.
- Inform them about the price of the ingredients you use for the meals you cook and how cheap their sum is compared to their counterparts in restaurants.
- Teach them easy-to-cook but still delicious recipes with affordable ingredients.
The concept of money is still vague to children, but in little ways, you can show them examples of how to spend money wisely. Who knows, these small cooking activities at home may turn into a habit they will be grateful to you for.
Sure, cooking together may just be another fun follow-the-leader thing your kids enjoy with you from time to time, but it has more benefits than you think. It helps strengthen the bond between you and your children. It also brings a warm and happy atmosphere to your home.
Everyday meals are easy to prepare. Giving the task to your children to work on their own may come out as demanding, and they may take it more as a chore than an activity they can enjoy at home. However, when you cook together with your kids, it brings out totally different results. Getting closer with your kids can be as easy as asking them to fry the eggs while you cook the bacon.