Letting your kids help in the kitchen. For me, there are two conflicting sides of the coin. On one hand, I am just figuring out my own way in the kitchen. I like to have the space to make my own mistakes and learn at my own pace. But on the other hand, I know that the kitchen provides so many rich learning experiences. Math, science, language arts, social-emotional skills, and family connection are all built in the kitchen when we are working together. So I don’t always have my kids help me, but I try to make space for them to be included. Here are 5 tips for making those times go a little smoother.
1. Give yourself plenty of time.
If you’re stressed about getting dinner on the table quickly, then the stress of that can make the helpfulness of kids diminished.
2. Find jobs that are within your child’s skill set
For example, a toddler will be able to do some stirring, pouring, counting, etc.
3. Bring a stool in.
Bring a stool in for your child to be able to reach the counter so that they’re able to reach the counter so that they’re able to easily handle all the materials.
4. Start with an easy recipe.
Start with easy recipes that are simples and steps and you’re not trying to figure out a fancy technique.
5. Take a deep breath and be okay with the mess.
If you are like me, and also figuring out your own way around the kitchen. Or, if you are looking for some easy and delicious recipes to try, this is my favorite site to get recipes from. They are always easy and always yummy!
Tell me how you are letting your kids help in the kitchen!