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When I was young, my mom didn't like us to mess up the kitchen so we did minor things like peeling vegetables, setting the table, cleaning the dishes (this was before dishwashers). Doing the dishes wa
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Letting Kids Learn to enjoy cooking

posted at 10/27/2010 8:01 AM EDT
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When I was young, my mom didn't like us to mess up the kitchen so we did minor things like peeling vegetables, setting the table, cleaning the dishes (this was before dishwashers). Doing the dishes was a fun time my older sister would wash and I would dry, we would sing songs and share stories. When my children were growing, I encouraged them to cook and even let them mess my kitchen up. My daughter is an excellent cook as are my two sons.

Re: Letting Kids Learn to enjoy cooking

posted at 10/27/2010 8:36 AM EDT
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When my youngest son was a little guy...really little....he would stand at my knees with his arms extended saying, "me up, me up"! I would take his shoes and socks off and he would crawl around the counters helping me do various things, like "stir".   He's all grown up now at 6'2" tall and a police officer but can still bake chocolate chip cookies all on his own!!

Re: Letting Kids Learn to enjoy cooking

posted at 10/28/2010 7:11 AM EDT
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Thank you Renee. I know there are more mothers like us who taught our children to love cooking!

Re: Letting Kids Learn to enjoy cooking

posted at 1/23/2011 10:25 PM EST
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My sons learned to cook and bake with me at a very young age.

Re: Letting Kids Learn to enjoy cooking

posted at 3/4/2011 11:55 AM EST
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I think your story is great! It reminds me of my childhood. We too spent family time in the kitchen. I did not learn about cooking till i was older.
Thanks for your story

Re: Letting Kids Learn to enjoy cooking

posted at 3/4/2011 1:15 PM EST
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Beautiful story - beautiful childhood for the kids...... and beautiful ABILITIES now.

Re: Letting Kids Learn to enjoy cooking

posted at 3/20/2011 2:52 PM EDT
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My Mom wanted all of her kids to learn at least the basics of cooking.  My brothers can both cook very well.  It surprises a lot of people that they are so good.  I am not sure but they may cook better than me.  LOL

Re: Letting Kids Learn to enjoy cooking

posted at 3/20/2011 4:47 PM EDT
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I think if children are taught how to be safe in the kitchen from a young age and encouraged to help they become safe cooks in the future.
Teaching a child to cut with a sharp knife in a safe manner does more for their self confidence than you could imagine.  More accidents happen with a dull knife than a sharp one. 
Learning "respect" for the kitchen,a caution for the stove, and a safe way to properly use the tools of the kitchen is important.
Children that help in the kitchen by planning a menu, shopping and then preparing the food learn to eat better learn healthy food habits and learn valuable lessons that will help them throughout their lives.
I love cooking and baking with my grandson.  As he gets older he wants to do more.

Re: Letting Kids Learn to enjoy cooking

posted at 8/28/2012 11:39 AM EDT
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My grandkids learn to cook and do laundry when they were growing up at home.
Now they are in college and they are happy to know these things.

Re: Letting Kids Learn to enjoy cooking

posted at 8/31/2012 1:50 PM EDT
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My kids used to love baking with me in the kitchen.  My youngest was always willing to help.  They also liked to bake with my mom when she would watch them.  Of course, now that they are teens, they don't really want to bake with me.  However, my youngest did make cupcakes on his own a few months ago. 

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