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Do something special today and make a huge impact on your kids and society

Updated on November 8, 2011

Teach a kid to cook! Your kids any kids.

It is alarming for me to hear the stories of single kids moving out on their own and even couples starting out who have no clue on how to boil an egg, or even how to shop for basic ingredients to make dishes from scratch. Just recently my youngest moved out to share an apartment with a roommate. It is very difficult for a young person to start out these days. I may not be able to provide him with all new furniture and the latest trendy stuff, but one thing he does have is the knowledge and skills to cook and make nutritious homemade meals from scratch. This knowledge will last him a lifetime, and save him a fortune over his lifetime.

As he has spent sometime around his roommate he has come home with a much greater appreciation of the cooking skills I was able to teach him, and so thankful that he is able to now go to the store and buy things that will last him for several meals, instead of blowing his entire weekly budget on just a few meals at restaurants and fast food joints.

Our society has turned to a fast food and prepared frozen food society. All of this creates an expensive and very unhealthy dependent environment. Basic homemaking and cooking skills are just not being taught in schools or even offered in some cases as they were required in my time. Generations of home cooking recipes and knowledge are being lost and forgotten as our older generations pass on.

Kids growing up in split families are likely to be at the greatest disadvantage, as parents are just not as focused on teaching basic homemaking and cooking skills.

As people fall on hard times such as our economic current state, how do we expect them to survive if they don’t even know how to make a pan of corn bread, scramble eggs, pancakes or even cook a pot of ham and beans from scratch? These are the simple staples our earlier generations survived on, when they lost everything else during the great depression.

As parents we can make sure they get through school, and into college. We can teach them the values of right and wrong, but if we don’t teach them how to shop and cook for themselves they will have a very difficult time in making it and surviving in this very unstable world.

If you still have kids at home, let them get involved in planning, shopping, and preparing the meals they enjoy to eat. Allow them to study recipes from books or online to prepare a meal. Teach them how to read the recipes and understand the tsp, and tbsp symbols.

If you already have kids who are out on there own, invite them back and some of their friends to cook a homemade meal. Or suggest coming together once per month to cook several batches of family favorites so everyone leaves with containers of ready to cook meals to take home and freeze to eat for the following month.

If you are a grandparent looking on and seeing this struggle, make an extra effort or an excuse that you just need help with some of the cooking that you use to do all by yourself for the next family gathering. Or you want to teach your grandchildren how to make that special chocolate cake so they can continue to make it for their kids after you're gone.

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    • Susan Starts Now profile image

      Susan Starts Now 

      6 years ago from California

      Nice hub! You make some very good points about why it's important for parents to take the time to teach their children to cook. It's amazing how many people send their children out into the world without teaching them how to cook simple dishes and do their own laundry.

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      6 years ago from California Gold Country

      Excellent article. I prrobably didn't teach my boys as much about cooking as I should have, but at least they knew how to sew on a button and do laundry. They were responsible for their own laundry before they were 17.

      Kids love to cook-- especially their favorite things. Sometimes they are excluded from the activity because it just makes more of a mess to clean up, but there are so many lessons to learn by doing these things together. it's a simple thing, but as you said, it can make an impact. Voted up and useful.

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