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A Glimpse Of How Cooking Influences Your Children's Traits

Feb 19, 2008
Quality time with the family can be enjoyed in so many different ways namely, art sessions, board games, sports, movie marathons and several other recreational activities. What has lost its popularity nowadays is a simple activity that any of your family members could enjoy while teaching them the nutritional value they can get from home cooked meals. You may have guessed that by now. Home cooking can be both enjoyable and educational. It fosters a spirit of family and fun, encourages learning socially required behavior and improves cooking skills.

It is known that home cooking means less foods "from outside." The food in the house provided it is cooked with essential nutritional value is healthier and tastier. As a mom, you are particular with what your kids eat especially the ingredients used for cooking and preparing their meals. This is essentially an advantage you don't want to trade with; your family's physical health tops your list to ensuring a happy family.

Cooking can also impose behavior needed when kids go to the outside world. Teamwork and organization are important to portray their social roles. Teamwork is taught because your child becomes your partner in this kitchen endeavor. Since you have mastered the recipe, then the challenge is set for the future chef in the making. You enumerate the instructions, they get to follow. You share the secrets passed on from the previous generation, they get to learn them diligently and take note, not overnight. There is room for mistakes so they get to learn from those mistakes and improve on the next endeavor but then again, make it sound fun and enjoyable. Organization takes its place because they could start organizing the kitchen. They need to acquire the equipment, tools, ingredients needed for the recipe. It is also a key element when they follow the cooking procedure. Soon enough, they will learn to move fast thus putting time as an important element in cooking; this will improve time consciousness.

Self-esteem is another thing that they learn to improve. Anything done when it is accomplished with pride despite of shortcomings encountered along the way will always pave the way for enhanced self-esteem. Recognition and delegation can improve this better when moms appreciate the job well done and increase the number of tasks that can be assigned to the child. This reinforcement is a form of reward that can be made tangible because the results are produced in a short span of time.

Ingenuity and creativity are two skills that children also learn to develop during the activity. They can express their craft through their recipes that they have originally formulated or maybe through the final preparation of the recipes. Allow them to be creative on their own and when they are especially proud of their achievements, offer a sincere praise or compliment. This will boost their confidence to try out new recipes and procedures.

While most people may think children are only a menace in the kitchen, they haven't realized the benefits of doing this simple bonding activity. Any activity comes with a risk but a soft touch of discipline and authority over your little ones would help a lot.
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