Do You Cook With Your Kids?

Cooking with your kids is a great way to spend time together, help them learn to handle themselves in the kitchen and to get them to try new foods. Do you let your kids help you cook?

Even if your kids aren't old enough to prep ingredients or be in charge of the stove or oven, there's still a lot they can do. If your kids cook with you, what tasks do you have them do? How do you make sure they are helpful and have fun without getting hurt? Share your tips so that other parents can start cooking with their kids.

How Young Kids Can Help in the Kitchen [The Kitchn]


    I don't have kids, but if I did, I'd have to say no. I'd imagine they wouldn't taste all that great mixed in with whatever you were cooking. Not to mention the cleanup required after, and the inevitable questions that would come from DHS

    yeah, my daughter loves cooking with my wife and i. really, to be honest, if she is doing anything adult like, that my wife or myself are doing, she is so happy and feels such accomplishment. its really rewarding as a parent to see her that way.

    You're spot on. My three year throws tantrums, answers back and generally makes life miserable when we try and constrain her into playing with her toys and sitting quietly. If we include her into what we're doing, whether it's cooking, doing dishes, cleaning the house etc, she's an angel. She loves helping out and feeling useful. The downside is that everything takes ten times longer, but I'd rather that than enforcing another time-out.

    To answer the actual article, my daughter sits on the bench when I cook and adds oil to the pot/saucepan, adds veges once they're prepped and stirs everything for me. She only had to burn herself once to learn respect for the frypan. She's never had a problem since.

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