Kids Cook Monday: Introduction

I participate in The Kids Cook Monday campaign!
I participate in The Kids Cook Monday campaign!
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Delicious and nutritious foods | Source

About this Kids Cook Monday series …

Meals should be a time of bonding and sharing. Instead, they are often filled with anxiety for many reasons. Parents report “food insecurity” from not having enough to eat or not eating the quality of food desired. This series focuses on alleviating these concerns and bringing families closer together by providing helpful information, as well as quick, easy, inexpensive quality meals that parents can make with their children.


Why is it important for children to help with meals?

Besides the bonding that comes with spending time together, making meals with your child can teach them responsibility and valuable skills. It can also help them find a sense of accomplishment in every day things.


For information on kitchen safety when cooking with children, read Setting Kitchen Rules.


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Letting children help make family meals | Source

Tips for Cooking With Kids

Safety is vital. Set the kitchen rules right from the start and repeat them often.

Give your child choices. Something as simple as, “Would you like peas or broccoli?” empowers your child. When a child is be able to exercise control over some part of their life, they feel more secure and valued. It is also good for them to feel like they are contributing to important decision making.

Allow your child to participate. Younger children can do simple things like add veggies to the pan or fetch items from the fridge. As they get older, their tasks can increase to things that require more skill and attention, such as stirring and chopping. Eventually, your child should be able to make full meals on their own.

Praise your child. When they do something well, let them know so they can keep doing things right.

Gently redirect when they make an error. Children learn quickly and stay involved in activities if they are corrected in a positive manner.


For those parents who have a difficult time finding ways to connect with their children, meal time can become a bountiful opportunity. More importantly, meal preparation can be a time of fun and learning.


© 2012 Rosa Marchisella

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roxanne459 4 years ago from Washington

These are great tips! I have always tried to involve my two boys in meal time and preperation as much as possible. They love it as much as I do and they know way more about nutrition and cooking than I ever did at their ages.


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L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

These are great suggestions to improve meal times and meal preparation for the entire family. I've heard that allowing kids to grow some vegetables or herbs also better involves them in an area where they sometimes have few choices.

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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

@ Roxanne459 - Glad to hear that you and your boys are already enjoying adventures in cooking! Thanks for becoming a follower!

@ L.L. Woodard - Thank your for the vote and share. My brother and I liked growing veggies as kids. hehe - my brother would stand in the garden and eat his peas straight off the vine, still warm from the sun :-)


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Maddie Ruud 4 years ago from Oakland, CA

I love these tips for getting kids involved in cooking! It can be a wonderful bonding time, and also encourages children to learn to take ownership of their food!


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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks for reading and commenting, Maddie!


kelleyward 4 years ago

Is this a contest? I'm seeing all kinds of kids cook Monday's and would love to take part. Are their other guidelines other than what you have here? Thanks for this useful hub.


kelleyward 4 years ago

I would love to participate in this. Ate there any rules to follow?


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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Kelly! You can learn more about how you can participate in The Kids Cook Monday campaign here:

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