Teaching our kids that vegetables are grown in the earth, that cakes come from mixing natural ingredients in a bowl before baking instead of merely buying one ready-made, to me, are some of the greatest and most fundamental things that we can do as parents.
The world we live in today is somewhat of a scary place. To think that so many of our little ones are growing up believing that milk comes from the shop, beans from a can and juice from a bottle is just heartbreaking. So what can we do to help change all this you ask?
Get in the kitchen and cook with your kids.
I know the mere thought of it will have many of you in a fit. Trust me I understand. I ain't no saint and I'd never pretend that my kids cook with me on a daily basis, that's just not always realistic in these busy times we all live in. But, as often as you can, clear a little space, pull up a chair or two, strap on those little aprons, roll up those sleeves and take a deep breath. Accept that there will be mess, that's okay. Accept that nothing will be perfect, that's okay. Accept that things may take twice as long as it would have done had you just done it yourself, that is okay. Repeat after me, it's all okay.
It's not so much about what they make, but more about the fact that they are learning about food, how to prepare it and how to feed themselves later on in life. I don't believe any kid is too young to help out in the kitchen and from around the age of two my kids have helped out whenever possible.
I'm excited to be guest posting over at The Balanced Platter today. To continue reading on for my list of jobs that little ones can help with and get the recipe for gluten-free lemon coconut cupcakes head on over to the The Balanced Platter. Happy cooking boys and girls!
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