If being able to prepare a meal from scratch is a super power, then it falls on the shoulders of parents to help their kids be super heroes. If you don’t feel comfortable navigating a recipe yourself, then ask a friend or relative who can teach you and your child at the same time.

Your child can assist you in many ways in the kitchen. Plan for a cooking session to take twice as long as if you were cooking alone. The kitchen tasks for your child are in 4 categories – mental preparation, ingredient preparation, cleanup, and presentation.

  • Mental Preparation – A meal starts in your mind before it can end up in a bowl or on a plate. Think of 3 or 4 elements to the meal and read the recipes. Depending on the age of your child, you can either read the words aloud or ask your child to read. From the recipe, create a shopping list of items needed. Then purchase the items or walk into your garden to get fresh ingredients.
  • Ingredient Preparation – As soon as possible, give your child a plastic knife to chop soft and rinsed produce like cherry tomatoes, grapes, strawberries, mushrooms, snow peas, and bean sprouts. When your child has good eye-hand coordination around age 8, introduce him to a paring knife that has been sharpened by a professional. A dull knife is often the culprit in injuries because the cook is pushing with great force.
  • Cleanup – You have three choices: clean as you go, clean at the end, or do a combination of the two. Do what works for your family. Just make sure cleanup is a part of cooking.
  • Presentation – You may discover that your child is a budding artist when you allow her to arrange the fruit on the platter. Teach your child about having many colors on your plate, choosing portion sizes, and adding fresh herbs just before serving.

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