3 Reasons to Cook With Your Kids

3 Reasons to Cook With Your Kids

Do your cook with your kids? Raising a child that enjoys broccoli as much as pizza can be difficult, but teaching your child to appreciate many different foods is an important life skill. Helping your child be an adventurous eater requires exposure to many positive food experiences. Cooking with your kids is a great way to start.

3 Reasons to Cook With Your Kids

  1. Teach. Cooking involves many skills. Involving kids in the kitchen is a great opportunity to practice counting, measurement and fractions. Following a recipe teaches patience and planning. Explore new recipes and ingredients to build new vocabulary.
  2. Be Together. Cooking together is a great way to bring the family together. Food is cultural, and the kitchen is the perfect way to celebrate your family culture. Explore recipes from your heritage together, and create your own favorite family foods and recipes.
  3. Ask for Input. Kids are more likely to enjoy foods when they have been asked to be a part of the meal. Let your kids suggest meal ideas, and shop for groceries together. Teach them that they have input and control over what they eat, and you will raise healthy eaters for life.

While it may seem easier to exert control over all of your family’s meals and food choices, remember that having a healthy relationship with food takes work and time. Cook with your kids, it will set them up for healthy eating habits for life, even when they are making their own decisions about food.

Karen L. Leibowitz, MD
Health and Medical Coach
KareBoost Health