Cooking is something we all eventually learn how to do in life. For some of us, it happens at a young age by watching our parents cook for us. For others, they learn when they are thrust out into living on their own and need to feed themselves. But I think we can all agree that the former group is the ideal way to learn.
When the pandemic hit, Alessia and I began experimenting in the kitchen more often. During these baking and cooking adventures, I soon realized the importance of teaching kids how to cook.
There is so much more than cooking and baking that can be taught in the kitchen, and I want to share those lessons with you today.
IT ENCOURAGES INDEPENDENCE
Independence is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children. They grow and thrive when we let them explore the wonders of this world on their own.
By teaching them to cook, you're not only teaching a crucial life skill, but you are also sparking their creativity and sense of wonder.
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE
Cooking and baking can be strenuous and an ultimate test of patience. Think about the last time you waited for something to finish in your slow cooker or how long it takes for bread to rise. Although the end result is divine, the waiting game can be strenuous.
When we teach our kids to cook and bake, we are also showing them that amazing things can come from having patience. It's a gift that will continue to give to them for the rest of their lives.
The sharing of secret family recipes and cooking techniques can be the perfect chance for bonding with your heritage. Getting your little ones in on cooking family recipes allows them to bond with you and the previous generations that are no longer here.
There is nothing like feasting on a great-grandmother's famous dessert and sharing family stories. It's a chance for bonding, learning, and understanding.
A VITAL SKILL FOR LIFE
And last but certainly not least, your children will need this skill for as long as they live.
Once they leave your home, whether it's going off to college or renting their first apartment, they need to be able to feed themselves. Especially without spending crazy amounts of money each month dining out.
The younger your children begin learning how to cook and bake, the more they can cultivate their skills and learn tons of recipes. They will be set for life; every recipe will be a breeze from there on out.
GO MAKE MEMORIES WITH YOUR LITTLE ONES
Cooking and baking with your children can be the perfect opportunity to make memories. Even the dreadful kitchen mishaps can make quite the funny story for the future.
So go and grab the beloved family recipe and your little ones and have some fun in the kitchen.
It will be one of the most life-giving experiences for you and your family.