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FFamilies who want to spend more time together can find a fun way to do so by working together on something they already do every day. Cooking meals together can add fun to a task that is already part of many families’ daily routines.

Children can learn a lot by cooking, as preparing recipes can reinforce lessons at school. Family cooking nights are also a great opportunity to create lasting memories. Various sources indicate that children are more likely to remember the experiences of their youth than the gifts they receive. Some of these cherished experiences can be enjoyed in the kitchen alongside mom and dad.

In addition to creating lasting and fun memories, cooking as a family can make children less likely to complain about food since they had a hand in creating it. Additionally, cooking together fosters a special sense of togetherness and can create a safe, pressure-free space for conversation.

Here are some ways to start cooking as a family:

Organize age-appropriate tasks. Little hands can’t handle everything. A toddler can pour and stir ingredients, while an older child or teen might be ready to chop ingredients or sauté on the stovetop.

Expect some clutter. Parents and other adults should be involved in any process of creating meals with children who expect things to get a little messy. It may be possible to minimize the mess by installing workstations covered with plastic tablecloths that can be folded and shaken in the trash. Encourage children to sit down so they don’t inadvertently spill a mess in another part of the house.

Start with simple recipes. A first foray into home cooking should involve a recipe that’s easy to prepare and perhaps doesn’t require too many ingredients. Build on each success after that, getting bolder with each subsequent recipe. The apple turnover recipe below is a fun and tasty starter, and little hands can help peel the apples and fold the squares of dough.

Make it a multi-generational experience. For many families, Sunday was a time to meet at Grandma’s house and spend time together. Rekindle this tradition by organizing weekly or monthly family meals where everyone participates in bringing the meal to the table. It’s the perfect opportunity for grandparents to pass down family recipes and regale grandkids with fun stories and memories.

Expect things to take a little longer. Prep time is likely to take a little longer when multiple hands are stirring the pot. Adults must resist the urge to take over when children don’t do things right. If meals need to be on the table at certain times, start an hour or two earlier than you otherwise would to account for some confusion and even a potential restart.

Eliminate as many distractions as possible. The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but it can be dangerous to be around knives and other kitchen utensils and implements. Distractions like televisions or telephones can distract and lead to injury from overflowing pans or children getting too close to hot flames.

to enjoy in the kitchen alongside mum and dad.

In addition to creating lasting and fun memories, cooking as a family can make children less likely to complain about food since they had a hand in creating it. Additionally, cooking together fosters a special sense of togetherness and can create a safe, pressure-free space for conversation.

Here are some ways to start cooking as a family:

Organize age-appropriate tasks. Little hands can’t handle everything. A toddler can pour and stir ingredients, while an older child or teen might be ready to chop ingredients or sauté on the stovetop.

Expect some clutter. Parents and other adults should be involved in any process of creating meals with children who expect things to get a little messy. It may be possible to minimize the mess by installing workstations covered with plastic tablecloths that can be folded and shaken in the trash. Encourage children to sit down so they don’t inadvertently spill a mess in another part of the house.

Start with simple recipes. A first foray into home cooking should involve a recipe that’s easy to prepare and perhaps doesn’t require too many ingredients. Build on each success after that, getting bolder with each subsequent recipe. The apple turnover recipe below is a fun and tasty starter, and little hands can help peel the apples and fold the squares of dough.

Make it a multi-generational experience. For many families, Sunday was a time to meet at Grandma’s house and spend time together. Rekindle this tradition by organizing weekly or monthly family meals where everyone participates in bringing the meal to the table. It’s the perfect opportunity for grandparents to pass down family recipes and regale grandkids with fun stories and memories.

Expect things to take a little longer. Prep time is likely to take a little longer when multiple hands are stirring the pot. Adults must resist the urge to take over when children don’t do things right. If meals need to be on the table at certain times, start an hour or two earlier than you otherwise would to account for some confusion and even a potential restart.

Eliminate as many distractions as possible. The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but it can be dangerous to be around knives and other kitchen utensils and implements. Distractions like televisions or telephones can distract and lead to injury from overflowing pans or children getting too close to hot flames.

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