What motivates kids to get in the kitchen?
Wanting something good to eat and realizing they can make it themselves!!
My daughter cuts up all sorts of lovely fruit (melons, apples, peaches) because SHE wants to eat them, and the whole family benefits.
She also decided she wanted to make something fun and chose homemade vanilla pudding from my Smart Sweets eBook and learned to make it herself!
One of the other benefits we find when kids know how to cook is an opportunity for service. Because we rarely make food just for one person to eat, there’s a built in generosity in cooking, and it’s important to me and many families to raise children with a servant’s heart. My daughter Leah, age 10, is actually dairy sensitive, so she didn’t even get to taste this pudding. She made it for her brothers as a treat. 🙂
They loved it and I hope they realize how grateful they ought to be to have such an awesome sister! And I love watching the look on her face as we all taste her creation: this is a pride and a genuine self-esteem builder far beyond participation medals for soccer or a “good job” about a school project. When kids build authentic life skills like cooking, they know they’ve done something worthwhile that helps make the world a better place.
What have your kids done in the kitchen this summer? Have they learned some new skills?