- 1 I. Educational lessons in the kitchen
- 2 II. How old can you teach your child to cook?
- 3 III. Benefits of teaching your child to cook at home
- 4 IV. Some notes when letting children cook together:
- 5 V. The process of teaching children to cook
- 6 VI. Suggest 3 menus that you can teach your kids to cook
I. Educational lessons in the kitchen
Today, the saying “children are becoming increasingly difficult to teach” seems to have become a complaint of many people, especially grandparents and parents.
In fact, every child is as pure as a blank sheet of paper, it’s only a pity that sometimes we adults miss a good time to teach our children, making the educational effectiveness in the family greatly reduced.
As long as you pay a little attention, a lot of space, many objects, many stories around us can completely become a meaningful human lesson that children carry with them for a lifetime.
1. Teach your children to understand the hardships of their parents
Ever since many families have assumed that the kitchen is an unsafe space and always ask their children to stay away. The room always smells of food and contains many sharp items that make parents and parents worry that their children may burn, cut their hands, and get dirty every time they enter.
But this is actually a typical example of the wrong way of loving children of modern parents.
Because they are too in love and do not have the heart to let children “touch their feet” in the kitchen, it is only an obstacle to independence, and also inadvertently deprives children of their right to devote themselves to the family.
This is also the reason why many girls and boys from a young age have formed the personality of “gluttony, lazy to work”, even becoming princesses and princes who are difficult to pamper and complain often.
Little did the children know that, while they were urging their mother to prepare the meal, their mother was busy in the kitchen. They also don’t know that the dishes that they criticize are “not delicious”, and “difficult to swallow” are all the work and dedication of their parents.
All the reasons for these “don’t know” are because our children rarely step foot in the kitchen. There is an old saying that “suffering first comes after happiness”. Open the kitchen door to welcome children from an early age, let them enter that space and experience the hard work, so that they can understand what it means to “have to work to eat”.
In order to turn the family kitchen into a place of education about love, parents can teach their children to start learning to do simple things such as cleaning dishes, breaking eggs, washing rice,
etc. With the hard work of each time cooking rice, the children remember more and more gratitude to their parents, from which they can love and cherish their birth.
2. Teach your children to coordinate, planning only
Children’s view of surrounding events is sometimes completely opposite to that of adults. For example, if you feel a kitchen is a dangerous place, then that space in the eyes of children is like a small playground and arouses in them the desire to explore and discover.
At such times, you can skillfully lead to teaching your child to use some simple kitchen tools. Instead of turning your children into “bookworms”, create conditions for them to wear aprons and cook from an early age.
Because in the process of cooking, children have the opportunity to choose and coordinate cooking ingredients, thereby stimulating the senses to promote their imagination.
In addition, you can create conditions for your child to cooperate with you. For example, when you make fish, the children will prepare the seasoning. When you are about to finish cooking, the children should prepare more dishes. Such clear step-by-step assignments will teach children how to work in groups and the ability to plan.
The first step on a child’s path to adulthood is learning to be independent. Teaching your kids how to cook is one way to help your child grow up strong. Only when children practice constantly, you can discover that children are not weak, but always contain limitless potential.
3. Eat with children is the best way to promote family love
Many parents often complain that they are so busy that they do not have time to eat with their children. But no matter how busy you are, you should not miss this family reunion time.
During the reunion meals, children and parents have the opportunity to interact. The small dining table in the kitchen is the best place for parents to increase their connection with their children.
A British scientific study has shown that parents and children having dinner together 5 times a week will help improve children’s ability to connect with others. Regularly eating meals and interacting with children is also a way for you to protect your next generation from bad temptations from the outside.
From that, it can be seen that “education at the dinner table” is a very necessary thing and it is not too difficult to do.
As long as the whole family gathers together to enjoy dinner, the family atmosphere will become warmer and more intimate than ever. At such times, you can tell your child a funny story or some news you heard on the radio to find interesting topics to discuss with them.
“Education on the dinner table” will be a way to train children to approach and solve many problems in life.
4. Teach your children to be care
In addition to the benefits mentioned above, the family dining table is also the most suitable place for you to teach your children manners. In order for your child to become a polite and respectful person, you should train your children in these manners from an early age:
First, sit down to eat neatly, absolutely do not use your hands to pick up food.
Second, while chewing or drinking soup, do not make any noise. If you are sad to sneeze or want to cough, you must cover your mouth with a tissue and turn away.
Third, do not use chopsticks or spoons to touch many pieces of food to choose your own “delicious pieces”.
Fourth, after eating, you must say sorry to an adult and put your own bowl and chopsticks in the sink, rinse your mouth and wash your hands.
Read more: Tips for safe use of spoons and chopsticks
II. How old can you teach your child to cook?
Babies have the ability to learn and observe very well if you get them in the habit of watching mom work. When your baby is 2 – 3 years old, you can start with the pages of cookbooks, drawing in the style of comics or cartoons to create excitement for your baby. After that, you can switch to plastic kitchen utensils and plastic vegetables for your baby to play with. At this time, you should give your baby more knowledge about each type of kitchen utensils, as well as each type of raw and cooked food… Next, you can teach your child life skills through how to clean the kitchen later. cook every time.
Then, when your baby can hold things more firmly, you can move on to her practice right on kitchen utensils, real food. The best time to teach your child to cook is around 6 years old.
III. Benefits of teaching your child to cook at home
Eating is a practical need in life and cooking is the way each person caters to that need. How does a child manage when his parents are away all day? Surely you don’t want your child to starve until the adults return, do you? Therefore, teaching children to cook from a young age is extremely necessary, contributing to many great benefits, including:
• According to the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, children who are involved in kitchen work tend to eat healthily and have a very low risk of obesity.
• Teaching children to cook from an early age not only trains their independence, but also helps children to be aware of their own position in the family, and is responsible for supporting parents when there are guests at home or on Tet holidays.
• When children learn to cook, children can develop the habit of eating right and feel valued for the food they make or contribute to making.
• The effect of teaching children to cook not only helps children experience cooking but also contributes to the emotional bond between parents and children.
• Involving children in cooking helps them recognize different ingredients, as well as discover their potential from the processing process.
IV. Some notes when letting children cook together:
Before letting children start learning to cook, parents must always emphasize safety first. Let your baby use small objects that fit his hand, teach him how to use them specifically, then let him learn how to prepare and cook dishes from easy to difficult according to the following steps:
1. Give your child an initial introduction and choose a simple recipe to start with.
• To start cooking in the kitchen, you should give your child a brief guide to the layout, basic kitchen tools and how to prepare some simple dishes. For example, washing fruits and vegetables at the faucet; add food to the plate; smelling the food, vegetables you are cooking; Helping mom find vegetables, fruits in the fridge or spices in the kitchen cupboard or peeling eggs yourself from hard-boiled eggs.
2. Teach your child to use knives, scissors, machines and equipment.
• First, you need to show your child the locations of kitchen utensils, where the mother puts the knife, where the plate is. The baby can also draw to remember. When cutting, parents remember to put a wet towel under the cutting board so that the cutting board does not slip. You must always remember to keep the cutting edge of the knife facing out, when cutting, the action must be slow and focused to avoid cutting into the hand.
V. The process of teaching children to cook
Start teaching your child to cook by doing the following:
• Guide children through books
• Create a joyful and exciting atmosphere when your baby is in the kitchen
• Harvest food available in your garden or go shopping together
• Make your baby a habit of helping her mother pick vegetables, wash vegetables, cut vegetables simple – complex
• Gradually improve the dishes according to the level from easy to difficult, from simple to complex
• Let your child know where the safe and dangerous spaces are in the kitchen
• Encourage the child’s spirit when he can’t do it, praise him when he completes the dish
- Vegetables: cucumber, lettuce, tomato
- Spices, garlic
- Dessert with fruit
Allocate chores for your baby in this dish:
This is an extremely easy menu to make and is suitable for teaching children to cook at a young age. For this dish, your baby will be able to do most of the work. Please sit next to me and support me when I need it. As for the job of frying eggs, please do it for me.
Baby can crack eggs, beat and season. After Mom finishes frying the eggs, place the eggs on a plate. Next, the baby proceeds to wash cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce. The mother will guide the child to hold a knife to cut each tomato and cucumber slice.
After that, the baby will spread butter, pate on the bread. Finally, the baby arranges the vegetables, fried eggs and enjoys with the mother.
- Beans cove
- Crab stick or sausage
- Sesame oil
- Dessert with a fruit smoothie
Allocate chores for your baby in this dish:
Next is still a fairly simple dish that does not require elaborate cooking. This dish will teach your child how to handle vegetables and increase knife skills.
Please guide me to clean each vegetable and then wash it. When the baby is familiar with the cooking steps in the previous days, the mother can buy a mini gas stove to introduce her child to the gas stove. In addition, do not forget to guide how to use and the dangers children need to avoid. The mini gas stove will be quite convenient and placed at a height suitable for the child’s height.
Next, my mother instructed me to put a pot of water and boil the vegetables. Then take out the boiled vegetables and arrange them in seaweed leaves and roll.
Ingredients needed for this dish:
- Asparagus, potatoes
- Bottles of pepper sauce are available in supermarkets
- Cooking oil
- Dessert with fruits such as mango, orange, banana…
Allocate chores for your baby in this dish:
The above dishes are quite simple to teach your child to cook. When the baby has gradually mastered it, the mother can guide the child to start cooking like a true chef with this dish.
Fried egg dish: baby can crack eggs, beat eggs and taste spices as well as fry eggs under the guidance of their mother.
Beefsteak: Mom instructs me to heat up the pan, put butter in. Next, put the beef in the pan and sauté each side for about 2 – 2.5 minutes, depending on the family’s taste for cooked or rare food. Then, give the pepper sauce that is available in the store or the mother can guide the baby to taste the seasoning.
Side dishes: after instructing the baby to prepare and clean the potatoes and asparagus, the mother can instruct the child to boil or stir-fry these vegetables.
Dessert: In this step, the mother will teach the baby how to peel vegetables suitable for each type.
The desserts can be changed flexibly, if you don’t want to use too much fruit in the meal, try teaching your child to make a bit more complicated desserts such as flan, ice cream, smoothies, etc.