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How teaching your kids to cook has many benefits.

Updated on August 13, 2011
The day we got tired of regular food and changed it all different colors with food coloring.
The day we got tired of regular food and changed it all different colors with food coloring.

Why I teach my kids to cook, and why they want to be taught.

You are the best teacher your child can have in the kitchen, and when learning about foods that are healthy, versus foods that aren't. Kids are naturally curious about how things work, so most likely they will be thrilled about cooking lessons. They need quality times like these to grow, and it also gives them confidence. I have 3 boys, and 2 of the 3 love to get in the kitchen and create some......good food. The 3rd, well he cooks if he's hungry and doesn't want to wait for me to make something. They don't make fancy dishes or anything with more than just a few ingredients, but still, they know enough for being 9, 10, and 12. I've had people tell me that I shouldn't allow them even near a stove, much less cook, but how else are they going to learn.

There are so many benefits in teaching a child to be kitchen savvy.

  • Quality time. I take this time in the kitchen to visit with my kids. It's one of the rare opportunities I have to actually stop and listen to what they are saying, and it makes them feel special also. I feel guilty all the time because I know they probably feel ignored. So this is one area I have dedicated myself to working on this year. Finding more opportunities, even if it's through cooking, to visit with, and LISTEN to my kids. I've learned some pretty interesting things in the kitchen.
  • Teaching your child to cook instills knowledge, and teaches good habits, and responsibility, because you have to be responsible while cooking. They learn about different foods, nutrition, and even a little math and science from time to time. This is some of the best years to teach them things like this because they will soak it up like a sponge, and they'll remember it for life.
  • Teaching a boy to cook will benefit him later in llife because he'll know how to cook for himself before he has a family of his own, and I feel like it will also assist in teaching them to be a good father later on ......waaaay later on. They are good tools to be equipped with once I kick them out......i mean, once they leave the nest to go on to be successful whatever they ares.
  • If they know how to cook, they will never go hungry, even on days Mom just can't get in there to make supper, because of little sister.
  • If you take them to the store with you to get the foods needed to cook, you can also teach them how to shop wisely, and read labels. Also good tools to have when they get older.

They aren't real big on reading labels because they don't understand it completely, and they get bored when I try to explain what they say, but they are experts on finding the best deals as far as prices. I am a tight wad :), I didn't always used to be that way though. Anytime we shop for groceries, I have taught them how to find not just cheapest prices, but amount of the product in relation to the prices. I laugh now because many times at the store, I've sent them to grab something and I'll hear one tell the other, "remember get the cheap one". If we're at WalMart, I hear, "remember get the one in the white package" (Sam's Choice) lol..

I guess the biggest reason I teach my kids things like cooking, or cleaning, or shopping and how to shop wisely, is because I want more than anything, for them to grow up to be productive men. I feel that in order for this to happen, I have to teach them the same qualities that I myself, would need in a partner, because one day, they will be some poor girl's partner, and I don't want them to be worthless individuals. I want them to be responsible, thoughtful, considerate men who treat their wives with respect, and are helpful mates, and fathers.

Eggs in a basket, one of their favorite things to make.
Eggs in a basket, one of their favorite things to make.

A yummy favorite around here

Have you ever had an egg in a basket? Oh my. I saw this one day I believe on the food network, and had to make some. They are so simple to make, my boys make these quite often.

You simply cut a hole in the center of the bread with a cookie cutter or anything round. I add a couple of teaspoons of butter to a non-stick pan, and put it on medium heat. Place the bread in the pan, I usually let it toast up a little before adding the egg so it holds shape better. Next you crack one egg into the center of the bread. Cook for just a couple of minutes until the egg is settled enough to turn it over. Then flip it and cook it another couple of minutes, and that's it. We like the egg sunny side up so it's all good and runny :), but you can cook it longer if you don't like it sunny.

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  • holyjeans30 profile imageAUTHOR

    Amy D. 

    6 years ago from Mostly in My Own Little World

    Lol, hey you would be surprised!

  • By His Way profile image

    By His Way 

    6 years ago from TEXAS: That's right - in all caps.

    lmbo at the fire extinguisher

  • holyjeans30 profile imageAUTHOR

    Amy D. 

    7 years ago from Mostly in My Own Little World

    Wow...Denise thank you. You just made my day. Sometimes it feels like your efforts may be in vain lol. It's encouraging to have such nice comments. I hope these boys make good husbands some day :) Thank you.

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    Denise Handlon 

    7 years ago from North Carolina

    Excellent opening line. I have a hub about Best Children's Cookbooks, you may want to check out and two hubs about teaching practical living skills to kids-one is about laundry, the other about the first shave.

    I support you 100% in teaching this skill and want to applaud you as a parent. You are doing your sons and future daughter in laws a great service.

    Loved the family photo and 'experiment' with food color. Rated it useful.

  • holyjeans30 profile imageAUTHOR

    Amy D. 

    7 years ago from Mostly in My Own Little World

    Thank you Jenny and Sunnyglitter. Lol, yes, a think all mothers should teach their sons things like cooking and cleaning up. Times are different, it's not just a woman's job to take care of things.

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    Sunnyglitter 

    7 years ago from Cyberspace

    It's definitely important to teach your boys to cook. I wish somebody would have taught my boyfriend. LOL they need to be taught to help with chores as well.

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    Jenny 

    7 years ago

    I so applaud your efforts in taking the time and effort to teach your children to cook. Later on, they can learn favorite recipes that they will always remember fondly. It constantly amazes me the number of people who say they can't cook.

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    Fabrizio Martellucci 

    7 years ago from London, United Kingdom

    LOL just teach them how to start the Roomba vacuum robot ! ;)

  • holyjeans30 profile imageAUTHOR

    Amy D. 

    7 years ago from Mostly in My Own Little World

    Thank you. Now if I can just teach them to clean their room lol.

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    Fabrizio Martellucci 

    7 years ago from London, United Kingdom

    I so agree with your hub. I started learning how to cook when I was 9 and I always managed to be careful. I see so many teenagers now that can't even operate a toaster, it's almost ludicrous. Children can cook when supervised and they get a great sense of achievement doing so. They're also learning skills that will help them lead a healthier lifestyle when starting to live on their own as they won't rely so much on take-outs and supermarket pre-packaged meals. Great hub !

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