The kitchen is often called the heart of the home yet how many of us actually spend family time in the kitchen. Before you go reaching for the takeout menu remember these four great reasons to cook with your family tonight.
For the modern busy family, finding time between work, school, sports and more to hang out with the family can be quite difficult. Preparing dinner as a family is an easy solution to this issue.
Cooking is a great way to connect as a family. Organizing a meal takes a lot of communication and sometimes a fair amount of work. Delegate tasks and work together to create a healthy and tasty meal.
Preparing meals together allows for quality time talking to each other on a regular basis. It gives you time to talk about what is going on in each other’s worlds, and this becomes so important as they reach adolescence.
Communication & Practical Skills:
There are a variety of skills that can be learned in the kitchen children can take and use these skills with them and apply them to many aspects of their lives. Communication skills or “Soft Skills” are sharpened by working together with others. Skills such as creative-thinking, teamwork, decision making, positivity, time-management, and flexibility are just some of the skills that are taught in the kitchen.
No matter the age, getting your child into the kitchen cooking with you is always a good idea. Find age-appropriate tasks and get them involved, being part of something from a young age helps to build confidence.
Many children get to college and have no idea how to make themselves a nutritional meal. Get your child involved in cooking from a young age and they will always have the skills to make themselves a meal.
Practical skills such as following a recipe, measuring, preparing veggies, baking, cooking and cleaning up are very valuable in adulthood.
Give your Children the tools for a healthy future:
Preparing fresh and wholesome homemade meals at home will most likely teach your children how to do the same. Set them up for a healthier future in terms of how they will eat when they’re on their own.