There is no need to pretend that teaching a child how to cook is an easy task. It takes patience to teach a kid how to use a knife safely, how to wash fruits and vegetables properly and how to follow a recipe. However, time invested in teaching your children how to cook is time well spent.

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Here are reasons why you should consider cooking with your child/ren or teaching them how to cook:

  1. Provides quality time

Cooking together creates a bonding time for you and your child. They end up feeling relaxed, safe and gives them an opportunity to share what is going on in their lives. Now, is that not what every parent or guardian would want ? For the kid to be open with them? Try this new path. It may just be what you need to get those conversations started.

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2. Helps kids appreciate parents

Teaching a child how to cook helps them comprehend how much time and effort it takes for a parent to  make a healthy, tasty meal for the family. They will definitely avoid wasting or serving food they cannot finish.

3. Grocery shopping explains where ingredients come from

Part of cooking is shopping. When you cook together, kids learn that spaghetti sauce does not  have to come from a jar. One of the easiest and most enjoyable things to cook with kids is bread. Many kids think bread is a raw ingredient, but just showing them that they can make bread in their own homes is a revelation.

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4. Boosts their confidence

Your child will feel a sense of accomplishment when other family members say they liked what the child cooked. They will also feel a sense of pride and achievement and that can lead to your child becoming more self-confident in other areas of their lives.

5. Following a recipe teaches math and literature

Cooking together teaches kids everything; from fraction to temperature to geometry and when you read a recipe together, you are introducing new words to your child's vocabulary and promoting composition.

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6. Understanding recipe improves reading comprehension

Cooking is one of the best ways to make your child's reading offer tangible results. Following instructions one step after another to get a finished result is an important reading skill and using that skill shows the kid that reading has very practical benefits.

7. Imparts a basic but important life skill

When they grow up enough to leave your house, you will not have to worry about them as much if you are sure they know how to cook. Their budget will also not be hit as hard by constant take-out meals.

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