We try really hard to eat healthy foods in our house.
I am not crazy about it, but we try. :)
I love fall baking, and my children love to make anything - so it worked out that the first cold snap was a baking day!
Taking time out of our busy schedules and spending time in the kitchen with our children teaches them so much. Yes, it requires patience, extra clean up, and loads more time, but it is worth the effort.
Did we do a full organic meal? No.
Did we teach them advanced techniques? No.
But, we made something together, and this is something they will remember.
Take some time and make a fun easy treat with your kiddos. :)
Here is something interesting I found on the web.
Indeed, cooking with kids can be the gift that keeps on giving; it has both short-term and long-term payoffs.
Some of the short-term benefits:
- It encourages kids to try healthy foods.
- Kids feel like they are accomplishing something and contributing to the family.
- Kids are more likely to sit down to a family meal when they helped prepare it.
- Parents get to spend quality time with their kids.
- Kids aren't spending time in front of the TV or computer while they're cooking.
- Kids generally aren't eating junk food when they're cooking a meal at home.
Some long-term benefits:
- Learning to cook is a skill your children can use for the rest of their lives.
- Kids who learn to eat well may be more likely to eat healthfully as adults.
- Positive cooking experiences can help build self-confidence.
- Kids who cook with their parents may even be less likely to abuse drugs.