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Cooking with your Children Helps them Grow

September 6, 2017
Cooking with your Children Helps them Grow

Cooking with your child is a great way to foster their development. Much like playing a musical instrument, it has been proven that cooking with your child will help develop their creative skills.

Think about it – cooking involves so many different practical, complex thought processes, such as math and science. By starting your child early, you’re giving them a leg up on their competition.

Also, having your child cook with you is going to strengthen the bond between the two of you. One of the fondest memories I have of my childhood is cooking with my mother and grandmother. We wouldn’t cook anything too intensive; just simple cookies and cake.

It was a blast! I learned so many different things about math and science that I still use today.

Also, I gained the confidence to cook my own meals and try new foods. This has led me to live a very healthy and active lifestyle.

I also saved a ton of money when I was in college. While most of my friends were out partying and eating take out, I was staying in and cooking my own healthy food. I used to cook on an old school Lodge skillet and created some of the best meals I’ve ever tasted.

Yes, as I’m now older and much more experienced, I am more comfortable cooking with fancier techniques such as sous vide, but the main principles I learned as a child are still there.

This is often demonstrated in children that you meet when you travel overseas. Family time is valued so highly in European and Asian countries. Why? Because if the family doesn’t band together and help one another out, then they aren’t going to survive.

I’d also like to point out that you shouldn’t rely on technology when you’re cooking with your child. Let them figure out how things are done the old-fashioned way. This will help their cognitive ability develop. It’s certainly worth the extra time.