The most important part of our existence is food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Three meals everyday.Now, Imagine how much food do we eat in our life-time. We humans are amazing !! No other living being cook their food. But we do.
So what does this has to do with cooking. Well since we, both men and women in todays world share a mixed role, the pressure of putting more hour outside our home has build-up.People are working really hard to meet job needs. Long exhaustive hours at work and in home has pushed us to seek easy and ready-made food.With Science and technology came the packaged and artificial food. The more we parents get busier in life, the more we open doors of pantry to look for quick meals. Artificial food has become a normal meal for most of us. The need for everyone to learn cooking is quite evident.The world is shifting towards clean (without chemicals) and fresh (no package food).We all have realized importance of fresh cooked home-food. Teaching cooking early on can be beneficial for future generation.
Parents should take charge of teaching cooking to sons and daughters equally. No boy or girl should be left behind in learning this life skill. Just the way everyone should learn to swim and drive, the basic surviving skills. Everyone should know how to cook.
I started cooking actively with my kids since they were one year old. There were plenty of Opportunities where they participated in real cooking. Teaching cooking or involving kids in creating food require the greatest degree of patience in parents. There will be a big mess for first few rounds before these young participants will be able to clean up after cooking. By the age of 7-8 years, kids become very independent in kitchen. Parental guidance for safety around use of knife, hot stoves and oven is required all the time. kids should never be left unobserved. Be there, help them and praise their interest and art work in cooking.
Few helpful tips in making of future chefs:
- My kids loved playing with pots and pans. Offer them pots and pans from kitchen.
- I also let my kids knead dough with me.
- Play with whole fruits and vegetables. Yes in the process they will lick it, bite it and through it around the house like a ball.
- Kids can help in mashing boiled potatoes.
- kids love making their own pizza and pasta..
- Let them pour milk and cheerios for break fast.
- kids love spreading butter,jam and jelly on breads.
- Give them wet-wipes for cleaning.
- Let them pick the spilled over flour from floor.
- Let them help us in washing dishes.
Teaching young kids is rewarding. Young mind have curiosity for whats cooking in the kitchen. They do love playing in kitchen with pots and pans; helping parents in cooking and after cleaning. With little encouragement they can master this skill and actual get happily involve in making food. The textures and flavors stimulate their minds. We need to be extra careful when kids are around and yes loads of patience come in handy here. It is all worth in the end. Never let die the kindle of interest in cooking in young hearts.