Do you allow your kids to help you in the kitchen? Or do you give them a specific responsibility that they can do on their own independently?
Kids in the kitchen can be messy – but it can also be a whole lot of fun, and a great way to learn about healthy eating and meal planning.
- Offer age-appropriate kitchen tasks. Pre-schoolers can pour pre-measured ingredients into a bowl, mix, and wash veggies. With a child-safe scissor, your little one can even mince herbs.
- Older kids can measure, peel, and follow simple recipes.
- Rushed meal prep is not the time to involve the kids. Wait until you have plenty of time.
- Having child-sized tools will encourage your junior chef – and don’t forget the pint-sized apron!
- Let your children choose the menu for one or two meals a week.
- Try to let go of your worry about messes. Remind yourself that a stain remover like OxiClean will take care of whatever mess your kids can cook up!
OxiClean for Reader’s Digest, Dec. 2010/Jan. 2011