You know you’re a parent when…
You glance sideways while doing dishes and say to your 2-year-old, “Stop banging on the dishwasher with knives…”
And THEN your brain clunks into gear and you realize: Gah! Knives!
Of course your next move is to calmly remove the knives from the tiny child’s hands and figure out a safer way to keep them away for good…right?
Our parenting might not always be perfect, and our cooking probably isn’t either. But that’s no reason to give up on either job.
In fact, it’s the perfect reason to combine the two.
You’ll get great parenting practice by inviting your kids to cook with you, as long as you lay the groundwork and avoid these pitfalls:
Home Economics was dying when I was lucky enough to have it in middle school, and I fear it’s nearly gone the way of the dinosaurs and the dodo bird now.
Even though we need to eat every day, multiple times, our schools cannot prioritize teaching kids to cook. Apparently, the basic need of eating is not as connected to procuring and preparing food as I might think.
In my household, food is purchased the way it comes out of the ground. It is prepared and seasoned at home, where it is eaten.
Cooking is most certainly a basic need, and it’s a skill vital to pass on to my children.
I’ve been taking specific time teaching them to cook this summer, and with my teaching background, I can’t wait to help YOU teach your kids to cook as well.
Even if you don’t feel like you’re a perfect chef yourself.
My Kids Cook Real Food eCourse is a down-to-earth kids’ cooking class that brings basic kitchen skills to their level, with phrases like “Pacman the lid,” “Snowplow it flat,” and “Do the sizzle test!”
We have fun in the kitchen while teaching sharp and dull knife skills, baking, stir fry, following recipes, and so much more – over 30 skills that will take your kids ages 2-teen from, “What’s for dinner, Mom!??” to, “What would you like for dinner?”
Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
Each lesson includes healthy recipes for kids to cook, but they’re not dumbed-down kid recipes. They’re real recipes, written in a kid-friendly way.
The whole eCourse is allergy-friendly with adaptations and substitutions provided whenever the main recipe has gluten in it (although there are some, like cracking eggs and scrambling eggs, that just can’t be done without eggs).
It’ll be WAY better than that kids’ cookbook on your Amazon wish list:
Read about a homeschool mom’s experience when she used the video course to add life skills to her kid’s curriculum. The video eCourse works well for homeschoolers and families with classroom educated children alike.
Check out a Free Sample of our course!
This is our 10-minute knife skills and safety class for kids ages 2-12:
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