I’ll admit it: I don’t cook nearly enough with my kids. At some point, I established dinner prep as my own personal escape, a time to turn on music (or lately, a podcast) and unwind. I granted my kids an hour of screen time and retreated into the kitchen to chop, simmer, and decompress. All by myself.
But I realized that as a result of all this (admittedly blissful) alone time, neither one of my kids was developing an interest in cooking–much less the skills for the job. And I knew something needed to change if I was going to raise Men Who Can Cook. And besides, cooking has all kinds of other perks for kids, like building math skills and encouraging them to be more adventurous eaters.
I was thrilled when my older son caught the cooking bug recently, making everything from blueberry muffins to barbecue ribs. Then my younger son decided he wanted to know how to cook a few easy things himself too.
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But I like the idea of my kids cooking on a consistent basis. So when the folks at The Kids Cook Monday contacted me, I knew it was the perfect chance to establish a routine. The Kids Cook Monday initiative encourages families to cook and eat together each Monday, a day that can set the mood for the week and just feels like a fresh start.
So we’re starting tonight! I’ve got the ingredients for a peanut stir fry that everyone likes. I’ll be posting photos on my Real Mom Nutrition Facebook page and on Instagram with the #KidsCookMonday hashtag. So check them out and see what we’re making.
Do your kids like to cook? Tell me about it in the comments!