There will come a day when you will be lying on the couch relaxing, offering helpful suggestions to your children as they make you dinner. It is not even a special occasion. Are you laughing yet? I get it. Two of mine are teenagers now and just they other night they prepared a meal of grilled chicken breasts, boiled red potatoes, fresh green beans and a salad. But when they were little, I never thought that this day would come.

Of course, there is a learning curve. At first, it gets worse. Instead of just making food, you are making food while someone else dumps flour all over the floor. They confuse salt with sugar or hold a knife in a way that makes your heart skip a few beats. Then it gets better and your kids actually become competent. They will learn the pleasures of mixing and cutting, seasoning and tasting. Making food is a blend of chemistry, magic and play. Oh and lets not forget the glamour and drama thanks to various cooking shows. In addition, your kids will eat anything that they make, even if it is loaded with healthy ingredients.

Cooking is also a good teacher of the techniques themselves, but also a host of other intangibles like problem solving, creativity, improvisation and adventure. Not to mention the lessons in failure. A deflated cupcake, lip puckering salad dressing or quesadilla flopped on the floor is the gift of new knowledge in leavening, balance or spatula handling just waiting for your child to unwrap it. The most important thing is that cooking together means quality time. The kind that makes lasting memories, even those mini disasters will make us laugh someday.

I have organized a guide by skill level and enlisted a few of my favorite experts in family cooking to offer you helpful advice as you move through each lesson. Scan the recipes to see what your child might be ready for now, then together roll up your sleeves, tie on your aprons and get to work. I will be on the couch reading my favorite magazine.

In our next post we will give you advice for your little novice chef. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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  1. […] Cooking with your kids can be fun. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your friends. Remember to always praise your child. […]

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