Cooking with My Kids

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One of the best things I ever did was teach my kids how to cook.

I discovered my own love of cooking when I took an elective class my junior year of college. Never having cooked before, I was amazed what I could create by just following a recipe. It was eye opening and exciting. That summer, I went home and cooked meals for my family any time my schedule allowed.

Shortly after meeting my husband he asked, "Do you cook?" He loved home cook meals and would choose eating in and over out any day . This was a pretty big deal considering we lived in New York City were takeout and trendy restaurants were all the rage. Once we were married, I knew he appreciated my meal planning. I'd rotate our favorite meals and frequently add new ones.

15 years later I'm still cooking but with a little help from my kids.

A few years back I heard an author speak on a radio show about the responsibilities her kids had around the house. They cleaned their rooms, worked in the garden, washed the dirty laundry, and cooked. For Kay Wills Wyma, it wasn't about "putting her kids to work" as much as it was about challenging them to reach their potential and become an intregal part of the family. I loved her philosophy so I immediately purchased her book Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement.

Reading it inspired me to start the adventure of cooking with my kids. I put each of my children in charge of preparing a meal one night a week. It took extra time on my part to walk them through choosing a meal, gathering all the ingredients, and preparing the dish, but I kept telling myself it would all be worth it. I knew there would be long-term benefits to equipping them with this necessary life skill but I had now idea it would have such a positive impact on our home so quickly.

I'd love for you to join me over at Faith Gateway where I am sharing a few of the benefits that came from teaching my kids to cook.