“What’s for Dinner? Engaging Kids in Healthy Cooking
It can be frustrating if their kids only end up pushing their plates away come dinner time.
Indeed, what could exactly be the missing piece to this puzzle? How can parents encourage their children to adopt healthier eating habits? Well, for all its seeming complexity, a simple factor such as getting them involved more during the cooking process could prove to solve this riddle.
1. Start by Taking the Time to Teach Them about Health
Parents who get exasperated every time their children refuse to eat what they’re being served may very well have themselves to blame for not investing time in orienting them about the integral connection between food and health.
Talk to them about the type of foods that their body needs and explain to them their different benefits. It also wouldn’t hurt to expound on healthy lifestyle habits in general while you’re at it.
2. Value Their Opinions and Preferences
Once you’ve taught them the value of nutritious foods, you may now start encouraging them to help you decide on what foods to purchase and meals to cook for dinner. This is also applicable when organizing your meal plans. This isn’t limited to dinner time too, for you can also ask for their opinion when, for instance, you are planning to go an outing. Be open to discussions about everyone’s favorite foods, ingredients, etc.
Be open to discussions about everyone’s favorite foods, ingredients, etc.
Relying on this method would ensure that your options would always be healthy and that your children will no longer have a reason not to eat the meals that you prepare.
3. Assign Separate Kitchen Chores to Them
This is where the majority of your kid’s involvement in the kitchen undoubtedly hinges. This is not limited to setting the table, serving food and cleaning up the dinner table afterward, though. For instance, you can task them with the easier cooking activities such as washing, peeling, and chopping the vegetables and fruits. You may also let them stir sauces and stews.
The key is to take it slowly, and what’s good is that this also provides you with a golden opportunity to hone their cooking skills. You may even set aside a small station where they can exercise their creativity to the fullest. This is one good way of giving them a confidence boost. Lastly, who can deny the fact that these activities also promote family bonding?
Lastly, who can deny the fact that these activities also promote family bonding?
As a closing note, you should never underestimate the influence of a parent on his child. Even in the kitchen, there are plenty of opportunities for you to inspire them to become more responsible not only in helping the family but also in decision-making and for their health as a whole.
Without a doubt, these are habits and practices that will greatly aid them as they are growing up, and you can rest assured that they will always keep them in mind for the rest of their lives.