Cooking with my Children

Over the years my children and I have cooked many meals together. Here are some things I’ve learned along the way.

Good helpers: Getting three meals on the table each day is time consuming and a lot of work. Children helping divides both the time and the work. Not only are they learning to be good helpers in the kitchen, they’re learning the important life skill of cooking.

Let them do fun stuff. A child’s interest wanes quickly if the only thing he gets to do is peel vegetables and set the table, so let them knead the dough and stir the soup and fill the pastries.  They’ll enjoy cooking.

The mess is worth it. Especially when they were all younger, it was mandatory that we cooked supper altogether on most school days. This prevented squabbling or making messes in the other room. Most times the help outweighed the cooking messes.

The mess is NOT worth it. Sometimes the stress and mess of little cooks just isn’t what Mom can handle right then. If we are getting dinner company or the day has already felt like 3 days, it’s just easier to not have little cooks in the kitchen. And that’s okay! Quiet toys and books or playing outdoors is a good alternative.

Cooking good relationships. There’s good food being cooked and relationships are being built. Working in the kitchen together provides comradeship, opportunity for good conversations and much happy memory making.

Have fun cooking together!

Author: Tina Fehr

Hi! My name is Tina Fehr. I am a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, wife of Jake my darling, homeschooling mom, and author of The Fehr Family Series. I enjoy a good cup of coffee, discussion about something that’s important to you, walking in the woods, and a reasonably tidy house. Romans 12:12 urges us to be “constantly rejoicing in hope because of our confidence in Christ.” Therefore I am… Writing with Hope!

4 thoughts on “Cooking with my Children”

  1. As a person whose mother preferred to do the cooking herself, or got my older siblings to help, I certainly see the value of getting children involved from little up. I’m still a lazy cook in many ways, and a lot of it is simply not being comfortable with rolling out the dough or spreading that icing. Of course, some people simply aren’t talented and I can be glad for my natural dexterity in other ways.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Kathryn! Cooking has never been my strongpoint. Maybe that’s why I welcome my children’s help and input; especially when they give me meal ideas and the older ones cook by themselves=)

  2. I was blessed by your encouragement of cooking TOGETHER with the children. I enjoy cooking, but fail to Include them sometimes and therefore miss opportunities and blessings…

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