Food

What does your kid cook?

Last night, my 5-year old came to me with a grin from ear to ear, holding a plate.  She had taken a piece of bread, rolled it out flat with a rolling pin, buttered it, sprinkled cinnamon on it and declared it a masterpiece.  Then she proceeded to make more of these and put a piece on everyone’s plate.

While she may not have invented something nutritious or even delicious, she invented something period, and she was proud of it.  That’s just the beginning of teaching a child how to get comfortable in the kitchen.  The goal is to give them the ability to become confident enough to cook, however simple a meal, and to share that creation with others.  The creation is the first bit of satisfaction they earn, and then watching others enjoy the byproduct of what they created is the next beautiful result of cooking for yourself or others.

It’s such an important skill, learning to cook.  It’s empowering.  It’s delightful.  It’s satisfying.  So even if your kid is just making toast, or in my case, bread balls smashed flat, it is a start towards a beautiful future in the kitchen.

What are some fun creations your kids have made?

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