COOKING WITH BOYS: 5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD ENCOURAGE THEM

COOKING WITH BOYS: 5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD ENCOURAGE THEM

“REASONS WHY BOYS SHOULD COOK”

Majority of us grew up knowing that cooking is a woman’s job, yet in most restaurants you’ll find that many of their chefs are male. Coming from a Caribbean background, you seldom hear or see men cooking and if they do know how to cook, they don’t share that information. I had a cousin who was married to his wife for over 12 yrs and told her he cooked cook until they got divorced. Anyhow Christian, my two year old I think have found great interest in cooking. He absolutely loves it! Every morning he’d wake up and everybody else and the first thing that comes out of his mouth is, can I cook? we’d go down to the kitchen, he’d grab his stool and he’d be ready to go seasoning happy (haha)

My husband on the other end is a true islander and doesn’t believe boys should be in the kitchen. He’d rather the boys stay in the living room with him to watch soccer but what he doesn’t realize is Christian doesn’t like to play sports. He loves to play with cars and enjoys cooking. I believe as parents, once you find what interests your child you should act on it and encourage them by providing them an opportunity to get good at it. After all, its a basic life skill.

Here are 5 reasons why I feel us as parents should encourage our little ones to get comfortable in the kitchen:

(1) CUTS DOWN ON PICKY EATING

Involving them in the cooking process like picking out the ingredients, cleaning the spinach/kale increases the chances of them actually wanting to taste the food because they played a part in it.Christian is a picky eater but what I notice is when he cooks, he’s more likely to eat it.

(2) BUILDS RELATIONSHIP

It gives you a chance to really get to know your child and spend quality time. We have the best conversations when we’re cooking. Cooking together also helps strengthens communication skills.

(3) IT’S AN IMPORTANT LIFE SKILL

Cooking is a life skill needed to be an independant adult . If there is no one around to cook for them, he needs to be able to do for himself. Something as simple as a peanut butter sandwich or maybe heating something in a microwave. Christian (2yr old) needs no help getting french toast out of the freezer lol now to put it in the toaster, he’ll need a little help from his older siblings however if they’re unavailable,

(4) OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE

My son Christian loves to serve. He’d ask to make my coffee every morning and will not take NO for an answer. He wants to be the one to call everyone down to come eat when dinner is ready. He also wants to distribute the food for everyone including his one year old brother. It’s important for your boys to see food as a tool to show loving care for others.

(5) LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

When you’re cooking and adding ingredients, let them know what you’re adding. This will help increase his vocabulary. Also let them predict what the next ingredient is going to be, they have such photographic memory;  helps to exercise their memory bank!

I hope this information was helpful. Have fun!

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