Cooking? with my Kids!

Like me, most of us have either seen or at the very least heard of the hit situation comedy "Married with Children" that dominated television for quite a few years and is still often shown on TV around the world. There are some colourful insights that are shown by this often dysfunctional family and a few pearls to bring into your daily lives. The same can be said when it comes to cooking with children.

To learn more about yourself have a go at cooking with your children. Of course, for the busy mum, this is an opportunity to let our hair down a little, relax, and have fun in the kitchen. If however, you are anything like me, this can be a difficult process, to say the least. I find that because the kitchen is my domain, how I cook and how children view cooking can be at odds with each other.

By learning to cook, I know they are learning important skills that they honestly need to know in life. This knowledge of course doesn't make it any less difficult when I'm scraping biscuit dough out of places I would never have thought to discover it on my own. If you are going to cook with children, make sure you have the proper ingredients on hand before beginning. You certainly do not want to have to leave in the middle of things for a run to the local corner store to pick up the missing ingredients.

KISS rule. Keep it simple silly. This rule will help out more than you ever realize. Most children have relatively short attention spans. While they want to learn and help mum out, they don’t want to get bored with the all the details. Just use simple recipes when cooking with children and your chances for success will be much greater than with overly complicated or ingredient intense recipes.

Clean as you go whenever possible. Trust me on this. While you may want to put off the task of cleaning the messes that are made until later, or wait till the end and only clean once, this will just allow the opportunity for messes to layer and grow. Constantly clean throughout the process for the best possible results. Enlist your children in the cleaning process as well. I can hear you say it’s easier to do yourself, but it is far more important to teach them the basics of cleaning as you go. Remember one day they will more than likely invade your kitchen while you're not around to watch them.

Cooking with children can be an incredible way to have a fun together, if you are able to let go of the control that you too often hold over the kitchen. A day of fun and frolicking among the flour and sugar can produce wonderful memories for you and your children.

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