As young kids, they should learn crucial skills to hone at early age, especially when it comes to cooking. Cooking is the foremost, useful skill for kids growing up aspiring to be responsible themselves. Even preschoolers and very young kids can learn to help so that, by the time they are in teenage years they can cook lunch and dinner for the family without burdening on the parents. It does sound fantastic to the parents!
The reason to encourage the kids to spend their time in the kitchen is to increase their enjoyment of cooking, serving and eating food along with family - thus quality time and quality food at the same time! Most importantly the lessons learned will help the kids to acquire benefits in areas of their lives as well.
In addition, there is perfect time for the parents to hand in the-so-much-needed junior chef attire and junior chef cap that the kids desperately wanting to wear them on so that they feel like being a professional cook.
Here are 5 reasons on why every child should learn to cook (and wear chef apparel):
1. It is a crucial life skill that will be useful growing up later on
Many adult people don't feel consident in the kitchen, therefore it is important to have a basic cooking skill honed at a young age so that they won't struggle to consistently cook healthy meals for their loved families and friends.
2. Cooking builds relationships with family (and friends!)
In addition to helping parents to spend time with their children, cooking helps build cooperation and communication among family members. It would be beautiful to see siblings working together to cook a delicious family meal.
3. Gives the sense of appreciation and respect for real food
Preparing foods and materials will allow children to see and differentiate between real foods and prcessed foods. As the kids cook, the parents can teach them the importance of using nature-made sources for food that benefits their health in wholesome.
4. Eliminate the kids' picky habits on choosing and eating food they like
I know that the children usually have picky habits when it comes to eating food. By cooking different foods in the kitchen, the pickiest eaters can eventually learn the tastes of different cooked meals, trying new foods if they are involved in cooking them. By cooking and tasting, they will develop to become the finest expert in food taste without the complaints.
5. Develops analytical and motor skills which can be transferrable to the real world of workforce
By doing a variety of motor skills such as stirring, rolling, flattening and many more, the young children would hone their skills that would be useful someday in the future when they grow up into adulthood, where these skills can be recalled. In addition, analysing the right amount of measurement and adjustments, they can learn the difference on how food tastes and develops in fine food. The more accustomisation to the measurement, they'll be right growing to be excellent attention-detailed people to be appreciated in the workforce, including the hospitality industry.
That's right, let the young children explore themselves on gaining the useful insights and training in cooking, while wearing the traditional junior chef kids, consisting of cap, apron and jacket.