There are so many positive outcomes from letting your child help you cook or bake! Like we’ve discussed before, it gives them the opportunity to learn through doing, and it just gives them something to do instead of whine about being hungry while you’re trying to cook!
Plus, kids are more interested in eating something they made themselves (helping them overcome pickiness!). And, of course, one day they’ll have to cook for themselves, so they have to learn somehow.
But let’s be real: If you’re like me, you sometimes really don’t want to deal with having them “help” in the kitchen, especially when they’re little. It’s the control issues we have, right?
They’re gonna make a huge mess.
This will take way longer than if I just did it myself.
They’ll just squabble over turns while they’re at the counter.
I’d really just like the chance to do something without them.
I can do it better.
And I’m not saying this in a judgy way. I’m saying this because these are exactly the things that run through my head when I consider letting my kids get involved in cooking.
And certainly, there are days when it just won’t work to let your kids help in the kitchen. But if you can set aside a time or two a week to let them get involved, it will allow them to build self-efficacy and self-confidence, two things they’re going to need their whole lives (and certainly not just in the kitchen). (more…)