The following is by contributor Jaimie of Two Chicks and a Hen.
When I talked about surviving the witching hour with small children last March, one of the suggestions I gave was including your children in the cooking. Next week I’ll have lots of tips for how you can accomplish this in a way that keeps everyone happy and sane, but first I’d like to talk about why you should consider making this a regular part of your routine.
Some of us cook with our kids all the time, and it’s no big deal, but some of us cringe at the thought of flour all over the floor, more clothes to clean, messy hands, ruined meals, etc. Although there is some validity to those fears, you can eliminate most of them and successfully cook with kids by being intentional about the way you do it. A little planning goes a long way in the kitchen.
Why You Should Consider Cooking With Your Kids
If you have yet to invite your kids to cook but would like to, consider the following:
Our time is limited. Most of us, even those who aim for simpler lives, find ourselves busier than we’d like, and this can sometimes mean that we wish we had more time to bond with our kids. When we think of cooking as something that needs to be done without the kids, we squander a perfect opportunity for bonding and togetherness. Cooking with our children gives us time together that we might not otherwise have.
Even if dinner means walking in the door, throwing together a salad, and putting a frozen pizza in the oven, doing these things together is a great way to be with our kids and reconnect, especially if we’ve been away from each other for the day.
Some of us prep all of our food on Sunday for the week because the evenings are too busy. Again—this is a great time to spend with our children instead of shuttling them off to the next room to watch a movie while we get “work” done.