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Do you cook with your kids?

My daughter likes to do little things in the kitchen with me, such as cracking eggs and stirring batter. But I never knew it could help her to eat better.

Helping Hands

As a mom and pediatrician, I know life can
get crazy-busy. But if you can cook a little with your kids on Saturday or
Sunday, it may make a big difference in their attitude toward goodfor- you
foods. Remember, kids watch and learn from what you do. The more you cook,
the more they'll notice-and maybe they'll even pitch in to help. If your
kids aren't excited about joining you in the kitchen initially, don't give
up. Just offer the option another time when they're less distracted, or try
another food. Here are some ways to get your kids involved with meals. Take
them grocery shopping. Ask them to help you make a list first. Let your kids
help pack their school lunches. Choose and make the foods together. Ask them
to prep vegetables, whether washing carrots or peeling corn, and have them
set the table. Plan a garden together. Buy the seeds and containers, and
talk about where you'll plant in the yard. Later, watch the vegetables grow-
and then cook them. Get more ideas to keep your family happy and healthy at
the Raising Fit Kids center.

Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD WebMD Senior
Medical Editor.


Asked by Ballad at 6:28 PM on Jul. 6, 2013 in Food & Drink

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  • I raised our sons in the kitchen. They enjoyed learning how to cook and were instrumental in developing creative dishes, lol
    One of the creations our oldest son created when he was about 8 , included him mixing up an array of spices, his choice and adding olive oil to the mixture, which we marinated chicken breast in it and baked.
    DH said Damn good chicken which both boys repeated and because they were not allowed to swear, it was shortened to D-good chicken, lol

    Oldest got out of the service and graduated in March from Le Cordon Blue Culinary school.
    So, you never know where cooking in the kitchen as a child will lead them. :)

    Answer by PMSMom10 at 6:45 PM on Jul. 6, 2013

  • Probably not as much as we should. But my 11 y/o can make devilled eggs & is taking a cooking class this summer. :)

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 7:02 PM on Jul. 6, 2013

  • Both of my kids love to help in the kitchen and are always asking to make something.

    Answer by liss05 at 7:43 PM on Jul. 6, 2013

  • That's one of the best gifts you can give a little kid- the ability to cook!

    Unfortunately no one taught me, so I suck at it now.

    Answer by staciandababy at 11:14 PM on Jul. 6, 2013

  • Excellent. Another addition to this is to let them help you grow things in the garden, It is magical to eat the irst of what you have grown.

    My kids and grandkids all have cooked with me.

    Answer by Dardenella at 1:53 AM on Jul. 7, 2013

  • As an avid cook, I was really motivated to get them to cook with me. They even have their own cookbooks where they note all of the recipes they've tried and liked :)

    Last night they made samosas with a mint and yoghurt dipping sauce and a bowl of onion pickle.

    Answer by goldpandora at 1:13 PM on Jul. 7, 2013

  • I grew up in the kitchen helping both my parents cook. My kids have done the same and now have nights where they cook a meal they've planned.

    Answer by anime_mom619 at 1:24 PM on Jul. 7, 2013

  • My dds love to cook with me. Everynignt they will ask I let them twice a week. I can't bake so that our kitchen time lol

    Answer by skinnyslokita at 1:24 PM on Jul. 7, 2013