3 reasons why you should teach your children to cook

As a parent, your life can become almost constantly busy. Trying to take care of children, keep a house, hold a job, etc. all of which means your days can become a big blur. That’s why days turn into weeks, weeks into months, and months into years, all in the blink of an eye. With so much to do, it’s easy to see why so many pissed off parents stick to things like quick meals, fast food, and “easy stuff that can be cooked in a set-it-and-forget-it” way. As a parent, however, passing on this type of food planning to your children is going to hamper them in later life.

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Teaching your kids to cook from scratch is so important. Your kids can learn to put a cooked dish in the oven or phone themselves a take-out meal; it’s easy. However, showing them how to make foods they love from scratch can be a hugely rewarding experience.

Show your kids the cooking challenge

Much of the food waste and selective eating stems from a lack of appreciation for the craft involved. If your kids think food just goes in the oven and looks magically cooked, they’ll have less respect for the food itself. Show them how much work and effort goes into preparing meals, though, and they’re much more likely to enjoy and value their food.

Show them the challenges involved, and they’re much less likely to waste their food.

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Show your children that effort creates quality

If your kids are growing up on a diet of convenience foods and fast food, they’ll think all food appears ready at the snap of their fingers. Show your kids that by working hard on a meal and adding little extra touches, you can take a dish from standard to restaurant quality, and they’ll be impressed.

By taking the time to show your kids the benefits of cooking from scratch, they can understand the little touches that turn a meal from a 7/10 into a 10/10 masterpiece.

Create a healthy relationship with food

By showing your children the importance of mixing the right types of foods for nutritional balance and good taste, you encourage their food ratio to be less toxic. Many children become addicted to eating “tasty” foods in the conventional sense, i.e. they are likely loaded with additives, salt, etc.

By showing your kids how vegetables, herbs, spices, and more can all come together to create something tasty, they’ll become less likely to see “food” as junk food and candy.

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