Although the idea of an adolescent using sharp knives and sizzling pots may make your pulse race, getting your child acquainted with cooking has numerous advantages. First, teens gain vital life skills that go beyond the kitchen when they prepare healthy meals.
1. It Instructs Them On How To Eat Healthily
After the 100th time, explaining to your teen why they can’t eat fast food every night becomes tiresome. So instead, regularly shopping for groceries and cooking with your teen is a terrific approach to highlight the benefits of home-cooked meals over takeout. In addition, this educates teens on what constitutes a nutritious meal (for example, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and so on) and what isn’t (i.e., artificial preservatives, flavors, extra sugar, etc.).
2. It Allows You To Spend Quality Time Together
Cooking with your teen is a terrific opportunity to spend time together and talk about their day. You will feel more socially connected as a result of your time together. A weekly family cook-out might be a fantastic way to catch up on what’s going on and how everyone is feeling. You’ll probably discover that slicing onions and peeling potatoes make you feel more at ease discussing the significant issues.
3. They’ll Learn To Survive On Their Own
Whether you’re out with friends for the evening or they’ve left the nest, your child will need to feed themselves at some point. If kids know how to cook at home, it will be less expensive, healthier, easier, and safer when this occurs. Picking ripe avocados and putting together a supper on a tenner are essential life skills to learn. We’re not saying they won’t try to survive on 2-minute noodles again, but it’s worth a shot.
4. It Improves Their Self-esteem
It provides a teen a sense of success and pride when they can buy for, prepare, cook, and serve a meal (or even a snack) on their own. These tiny gestures may not appear to be significant, yet they help kids believe in themselves. Kids who are confident in their ability to care for themselves will be prepared to face life’s obstacles, from designing a healthy stir fry for their friends to facing their first job interview.
5. It Instills In Them The Value Of Giving Back.
Getting your teenagers engaged in the family’s cooking allows them to contribute to the household. It educates kids about giving back while also allowing them to see the work that goes into preparing the beautiful family dinners they enjoy every night. As a result, they’ll learn to value others and acts of kindness, and they’ll begin to see themselves as members of a family that works together.
To pique their interest without overwhelming them, assign them small tasks such as peeling vegetables or stirring the stove. Select foods that they enjoy. If kids know they’ll get to eat their favorite meal if they help, they’re more inclined to do so! Finally, make it a family tradition. Decide on a time to spend together and make it a weekly or biweekly event to begin with.