Cooking is an essential part of our daily routine –we wake up and we cook, we work and we cook, we parent and we cook, we study and we cook, we come home and we cook. As we move forward as a society, burying our faces in our cell phones, it becomes more important to get the whole family involved in the cooking process. Not only do you gain some serious bonding time, but you are also helping to teach your both little children and adult-children some valuable life skills. While it probably isn’t a good idea to break into the advanced stuff, the easy skills like measuring and adding ingredients are perfect for nurturing a child’s natural curiosity. Acquiring something like a cookbook that features child-friendly recipes is an excellent way to get started, however, if you can’t find one to your liking, using an old family recipe works just as well. Family recipes are great for sharing –if you’re cooking with your partner, it’s like you’re sharing a little piece of yourself and your family with them; if you’re cooking with children, it’s a great way to teach them about your history and theirs.
Something basic like making buns and rolls from scratch is a perfect way to get started. They’re delicious to eat when they’re fresh and the simple steps like measuring out the flour and molding the dough is a fun, hands-on way for kids to learn the basics. Little ones especially enjoy squishing the dough between their fingers as they mix (just make sure that everyone has clean hands before they do). Anything that makes a mess is always good for a laugh, and when you’re done, you have lots of extra hands to help with the cleaning.
Another great reason to start cooking together is that you can teach important things like healthy eating habits while also learning how to accommodate individual taste preferences. If somebody can’t stand Brussel sprouts then there is no point in trying to force them to eat them. There’s a difference between trying to help other branch out and repeatedly coercing them to eat something they hate. Instead, you can work together to find alternative veggies that will be enjoyed more. Besides, tastes change over time, so you can always try Brussel Sprouts again in the future.
With time and practise, everyone can develop not only the ability to cook but also an appreciation for the amount of time and effort it can take to produce three square meals plus snacks every, single day. The skills you’ll learn will last a lifetime and the time spent together will be something you cherish always.