The other evening as I cooked dinner I was simultaneously sending out instructions to my eldest, Lewis, who was cooking my version of sausage pasta for his friend (who’s a girl, so he was a tad nervous). Now he was, of course, trying to impress and had called me a couple of times in a hushed voice, just to double check that he was getting it right.
Turns out Lewis makes a mean sausage pasta, just like his mama taught him.
One of the things I’ve always made sure of is that my eldest two felt comfortable helping out in the kitchen and would be able to cook at least 4 basic meals, by themselves (even if they do have to call me to ask something!)
Being able to cook for yourself is obviously a very necessary life skill and research has shown that families that cook and eat together will enjoy significant health benefits. From experience, I’ve learnt that if you encourage children to help out in the preparation of meals they are far more likely to eat what’s put in front of them.