Majority of today's children are growing up amidst fast food, ready to eat meals, instant oats and other convenience food. Their parents don't have the time to prepare meals for their families. Their kitchens and their dining rooms are seldom used. I wonder if today's teens even know what a recipe is or how to cook an egg.
It's sad. When the time comes for our children to raise their own kids, what and how will they feed them? In the same way they grow up in. Meanwhile, child obesity is rising and our kids are quickly becoming prime candidates for diabetes, stroke and heart attack.
Our government and other authorities are drumming up encouragement to parents to cook more at home. Partnerships and agencies are conducting free training on healthy cooking. Some schools have cooking programs for students, too.
Parents should take advantage of these trainings and heed expert calls to cook and serve healthy meals to their families. They should not only take whatever they learn to the kitchen, but impart it to their kids. Home cooking is no longer just for moms.
Getting kids involved in cooking is not just so they can help in housework, although that's a beneficial consequence. More importantly, it is a great opportunity for parents to educate their children about health, nutrition and the role of diet in their well-being. It is teaching them through action and by example. It will take the stress out of repeatedly telling kids to eat this and not that because this is nutritious while the other one is not.
Children are particularly averse to eating vegetables, but see what will happen if you consistently let them prepare vegetable recipes. And, the time you spend together creating recipes, trying out new ingredients and methods, or just simply cooking for the family is a chance for bonding. Come to think of it, in this era, parents are constantly competing with video games and computers for their children's attention and time.
Introduce your kids to cooking as soon as they are mature enough to handle the tasks required. The earlier you can do it, while their minds are still pliable, the easier will it be for both of you. Also, at the stage where children are still learning a lot about themselves, they just might discover their culinary interest and skills. And, the joy of discovery is just amazing.
There are several areas to food preparation…cuisine, baking, chocolate making, bread making. Perhaps, your child may find his interest in any one of them. And, they can build a business on that interest. It's a pity if your child never unearths his interest in food preparation just because nobody exposed him to it.
Learning and education is not just the domain of schools and universities. Your home is a fertile ground for developing your kids' skills. Do not let the opportunity pass. Grab it. Whatever good you teach them at home will serve them well when the time comes for them to raise their own children.