Cooking is part of being a parent. Oddly, teaching kids how to cook rarely is. Sometimes a kid shows innate interest. Sometimes we make it so irresistible (chocolate cake batter, for instance) that the little people start sniffing around the kitchen looking for a beater to lick. But, taking the time to TEACH them to cook is a whole different ball game. First, it is a mess. Second, it has its share of actual peril in the form of burns and cuts. And, it makes a job that you are hoping to knock out in a half an hour take a much longer amount of time. That is the biggest issue, frankly.
Even with my own kids, I pick the tasks that I invite them to do. I let them measure for me and crack eggs, for instance. But I rarely get them over to the stovetop to do the actual cooking. And that is a bit sad, really, for several reasons. First, they love it. And, second, as someone once said to me, “every time you do something FOR your child, you are taking away their opportunity to LEARN something.” I think that was a shoe tying quote, but it stands.
Where to start? I let my kids help with whatever I’m up to if they show interest or if I need an extra set of hands. But what do you do if you actually want to teach your kids to cook? Where do you actually start?