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Tips Parents Should Know Before Teaching Your Kids To Cook

So many kids like to cook and help in the kitchen. To help ease the time cooking with your kids here are a few tips to know BEFORE teaching your kids to cook.

Be patient. Don’t let your impatience scare your kid chefs away. What is simple for an adult may be challenging for a small kid chef.

Select age appropriate tasks for each child as to not overwhelm them. Kids can easily give up and not want to try again if they get overwhelmed.

Read the recipe or have your child read it to you. This will help to make sure you both know the steps involved. This will also give you a chance to double check the recipe making sure it isn’t too complicated. If it is do some prep work on your own then get the kids involved for smaller steps. More advanced kid chefs can of course do a lot more than beginner chefs.

Make sure your kitchen is safe. Tempting knives and other kitchen tools should be unaccessible to young chefs. Always have a lesson and talk to your kids about kitchen safety and what to do if there is an emergency.

Choose a excellent time for a stress-free cooking session. Maybe it is on the weekend or after school. Whatever time you choose to cook with your kids make it a time that is free of other commitments.

When your kids are just beginning to cook, start out slowly and keep it simple. Add more tasks as they become more interested and they advance in skills.

Teaching your kids to cook can be a fantastic experience for the whole family. Not only does it give kids a chance to learn, grow and shine you can use that time to draw closer together and talk about many things that are going on in their life. A fantastic added bonus is they will be learning a life skill that they can take with them throughout their life. What a fantastic pleased and healthy life it can be.

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2 Comments on “Tips Parents Should Know Before Teaching Your Kids To Cook”

  • George Erdosh wrote on 14 December, 2008, 3:53

    You are right about safe kitchen tools. I also teach kids (11-13) to cook but I let them use knives with one-to-one adult supervision. So far it worked.

    It is hard to emphasize the usefulness of GOOD kitchen tools for cooking. Without them, cooking is a chore and a cook quickly lose interest in the kitchen. In fact, I devoted a full chapter to this subject: Kitchen Tools to Keep, Kitchen Tools to Trash in my new book (Nov/08):

    “Tried and Right Recipes from a Caterer’s Kitchen—Secrets of Making Fantastic Foods”


    Check it out!


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