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Top 3 reasons to teach your child how to cook

Miguel and Enrique Serrano cooking breakfast
Miguel and Enrique Serrano cooking breakfast
Photo taken by Miguel Serrano

You’ve heard it said that if you want something done, you should do it yourself. Sometimes teaching someone how to do something is simply not as easy as just doing it yourself. However, once you teach someone how to do something, you are now able to delegate. For example, if you let your child learn how to drive, he or she can go grocery shopping for you, which will certainly free up some of your very valuable time. So, what about cooking? Should you teach your child how to cook? Here are 3 top reasons why you should teach your child how to cook.

  • It takes some of the pressure off of you- If you are a working parent, by the time you get home from your long day, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven and get cooking. Sometimes looking at that stove, thinking about the chore ahead, can be exhausting. Let someone else do the heavy lifting for a change. If mom and dad both work, the chore of cooking dinner may become more of a burden than anything else. Teach your children how to take that responsibility away from you, and give yourself the opportunity to come home to a home-cooked meal.
  • It teaches your child responsibility- Teaching your child an important skill like cooking will give your child a sense of responsibility. He or she will understand how important the role of cooking dinner for the family can be. This will give your child something to be proud of, but don’t forget to praise him or her for their efforts. A little appreciation goes a long way.
  • He or she can become a shining example for your other children- If your other children notice that one of your kids is taking an important part in the family structure, the other children may want to help out. Watching mom and dad compliment the child who is cooking dinner may become a desired experience. Watching siblings step up to the plate, so to speak, may encourage them to do the same. Before you know it, you may have kids setting the table and doing the laundry. Well, it never hurts to dream.

So, get out the pots and pans, and roll up your sleeves. It’s time to pass the torch and teach your kiddos how to cook. Make sure you give proper supervision until their skill level is where it should be, and maybe leave them a checklist, so they don’t burn themselves, or leave the stove on. But don’t be afraid to let them grow up a little. Everyone needs a little help sometimes, and there is no shame in asking.