I often hear people say “oh I cant cook” “cooking is not my cup of tea” “only thing I can cook is noodles” blah blah … shockingly they take pride in claiming that. I take pride in telling everyone, I have passion for cooking and I make sure I pass on the same to my son. Though I know there are number of options available now a days to help fill the stomach like restaurants delivering round the clock, lunch box system, fast food joints etc etc.. So, basically if you cant cook, you don’t have to worry you can always pick your phone and place the order for food craving at that moment. But do you think its an healthy option you wish your children to opt for?? Think about it…
Eating outside food, at times, doesn’t effect the health but surviving on that food can lead to life altering problems which I need not to enumerate. So, what is the solution ??? you don’t have to make your children professional chefs to feed themselves. Idea is to make them learn the skill of cooking so that instead of depending on noodles packet or outside food, they cook on their own and feed themselves. we need to develop that interest in them. Invite your child to kitchen whenever you prepare something special, especially at the time of festivals. Round the year, we in India celebrate one or the other festival and each and every festival has its own special dish associated with it which we generally make at our home. That’s the best way to involve them in preparation of the special dish. It will not only put them in mood of festivities but also make them feel sense of pride they helped you in something. This way you can sow a seed of this skill which is very important for the kids in order to survive in outside world.
About 3 or 4 years of children are old enough to be taught about fire less cooking. Take their help in kneading dough, making chapattis or making some sweet dish. Let them play around with the ingredients, have fun with it, let their face, hands and cloths get spoiled but eventually they will learn something out of it. young minds grasp quickly. just by observing how simple meals are prepared, they learn a lot.
Its okay! you never cooked, never dug beyond noodles packets in your kitchen cupboards, it will be a good experience for your too to learn along with your little one. In coming times when he will be all grown up and out in the world to explore, this one skill will surely stand him or her in good stead. The time has come when cooking is not something done by the girls only but it, equally, is important for boys to learn. Dear, parents its our duty to make our kids independent in every sense and in that culinary skills are must. I am helping my son to learn it and now its your turn ….. All the best!
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