What is cooking?
Cooking is not only about “feeding your family”. It’s much richer than that. This task can be transformed into a time of sharing, complicity, learning and discovery. A moment of family happiness where our children can amaze us!
Do you doubt it?
This article will show you how it works 😉
Did you also make that mistake?
When my first daughter was born more than 9 years ago, I asked myself, like most parents, about the equipment to buy for our home. Bed, park, relaxation, games, etc. were among the essentials to have according to information from magazines, people around you, etc. The barrier that separated the living room from the kitchen also.
“Of course it is! The kitchen is a placedangerous, with the oven, hotplates, knives, etc. It is necessary toABSOLUTELY that you put a barrier in place to protect your baby when he starts crawling.”
That is the speech we heard. To be a good parent, you have to keep your child out of the kitchen. And because we wanted to be good parents, we bought it and placed it.
What a mistake! The kitchen was a forbidden place for our daughter. When I was cooking, she would sometimes stand on the other side of the bars and look at me 😥 . I’m so sorry I put up that fence!
We moved when our grown-up was 4 years old and our second one and a half years old. We decided (with regard to the configuration of the house) to no longer install a barrier between the living room and the kitchen. It’s already been 5 years, 3 children and 0 accidents.
Since the kitchen has been freely accessible, our children have discovered it and all its richness, its creative possibilities, etc. They discovered the cooking equipment, raw food before being cooked, etc. And my two youngest children are often involved in making meals or desserts. My eldest is much less interested in that. I can’t help but think that not introducing her to this little girl has influenced her interest. You too know the symptom of the mother who asks too many questions and feels guilty about everything? 😯
The happiness of self-esteem
And now, happiness!
What a joy to see my children manage in the kitchen!
What a joy to see their eyes light up when they achieve something! What a benefit to their self-esteem! I think I will always remember the joy of my second when she made fried eggs for us 5 and they were just perfect: the yolk hadn’t broken and they were cooked to perfection.
And what a joy to see my little bit mix, with a concentrated and “big” look, ingredients to make cakes or cookies. And say regularly “Stop” so that we stop mixing because he decided it was time to add a new ingredient to the dough. “You see, Mom, I’m a grown-up. I know how to make pastry.”
Well, for the record, he says “POP” by raising his arms and not “STOP” 😆
The happiness of autonomy
What a joy to see my little one from a very young age manage on his own: take his plate and cutlery, put them to the table, help me empty the dishwasher, separate the quarters from his mandarin, etc.
Let your child participate in life in the kitchen = teach him/her autonomy. What could be better for its development?
In fact, when I have to leave my children at home with a babysitter, I advise her to cook with the children. They love to show what they can do in the kitchen and can explore under the supervision of the babysitter.
My little happiness 😉
My personal happiness: when I cook a new meal or a new pastry and it is unanimously accepted 🙂 . It feels good to me… especially when I had one or two failures before that 😉
1/2 hour in the kitchen can be a wonderful time with your child. Give him a place and you will be dazzled by his abilities and interest. Children like to imitate adults. This is why in the game shops you can find all the equipment of the house at their size (kitchen, iron, brush,…) 😉
What about your home? How is it going?