6 Terrific Reasons Your Kids Should Learn To Cook

Nov 3, 2016

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Cooking is one of those important life skills many kids aren't learning these days.

In the 1980s, more moms entered the workforce than ever before, and latchkey kids became a very real thing. The microwave became a household staple.

The result is that we're seeing a lot of millennials who don't know how to cook.

In fact, I've met quite a few adults in their 20s and 30s who do not know how to cook real food. I kid you not, these young adults only know how to cook in a microwave.

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Not everyone is interested in cooking.

Now, I'm not saying every person will be a gourmet chef or make all their food from scratch.

I have 3 kids who are into cooking. My son can make some amazing foods, and has works as a cook. I have a daughter who bakes up a storm. And my youngest, Lorelai, loves to help me out with everything from prepping veggies to rolling out pie crust.

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But not everyone loves cooking.

My eldest had no interest in cooking until she got married at the age of 30. She has learned along the way with a little help from her mom.

My fourth child would like to cook, but basically doesn't trust her dyslexia. She has no concept of time and is afraid she'll set the house on fire. Indeed, we've had some near misses.

Does the lack of desire mean a kid shouldn't learn to cook? Absolutely not. Here are a few reasons kids need to learn to cook.

It's an important life skill.

Learning to cook gives your child the ability to feed themselves well, not just eat. Teaching them to cook means they can nourish their body, as well as the bodies of a future spouse and any children they may have.

Children develop an appreciation for real food.

As you teach your children to cook, you can also discuss the differences between real food and processed food. It's also an opportunity to teach them the health benefits of individual foods.

Cooking together builds relationships.

Cooking together means spending time together. It also fosters cooperation and teamwork. (A well-run kitchen means working together towards a common goal!)

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It's real-life learning.

Reading, math, chemistry - plenty of lessons are learned in the kitchen. This is one of the most natural, real-life academic experiences a child can have.

Provides an opportunity to serve others.

When a child is cooking for the family, it's a selfless act. They're serving the family unit.

Time in the kitchen builds confidence.

Properly using a knife, making a dish, mixing a batter - each successful task builds your child's confidence.

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