your kids turn up their noses at the broccoli casserole you just baked and ask
instead for a peanut butter sandwich, don't lose your cool. Instead, tie an
apron on them, put a spoon in their hands, and let them begin learning the joys
them get their hands messy
Are your children picky eaters? Are you looking for ways to encourage them to
eat more? It seems every parent goes through the challenge of dealing with their
kids' eating habits. One solution is to get them involved in meal preparation.
They'll enjoy getting their hands messy and at the end will be able to say,
"I helped Mommy make this!" It makes children happy to know they were
your "big helpers" for the day.
lessons teach responsibility and cleanliness
Kids learn about responsibility and cleanliness when they help out in the
kitchen. It also shows them it takes a lot of time to prepare a meal, and that
it doesn’t automatically prepare itself. If you’re not ready to have your
kids help out in the kitchen, there are many other ways they can help. For
example, setting the table, planting a vegetable garden or even grocery
shopping. Have them plan menus for lunch or dinner the next day. If they choose
the meal they are more likely to eat it.
your kids be responsible for preparing all the meals for that day. Kids enjoy
being independent, and enjoy being responsible for a portion of household
chores. Menu planning, making a list, shopping and cooking are wonderful
learning activities for young children. They get to practice on planning a
healthful meal, thinking ahead to plan the shopping list, writing and reading,
money management. Give them a specific amount of money they can spend. If they
go over they have to ask for the extra and figure out why they went over. Plus
they are learning how to cook. Kids love being in charge of family meals one day
a week. And they learn to prepare specialty dishes.