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My girls and I share the work in the kitchen 50/50…….I cook and they eat!!!!
I’ve put together a cookbook of all our favourite recipes which I hope will be their life saver when (or if) they move out of home. I survived on 2 minute noodles when I left home at 16 and don’t want them to be the same :)

Posted by paulah2, 16th November 2015

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  • The cookbook is a great start, but I’d also try to get them to cook one meal a week while they live at home to give them practice.

  • We do cooking lessons every Friday afternoon, which means we cook together. In instruct, the kids do it (cutting, frying, stirring, assembling etc). My kids love that !

  • I think get them involved in fun things first. Like baking cookies and seeing them rise in the oven (for the really young kids) and if they are older maybe play some music together whilst prepping dinner. I also think getting them started as early as possible helps.

  • Start off with simple recipes they will be able to do and be good at. This will build their confidence in the kitchen.

  • Get them in the kitchen with you. Work together and show them what to do. The time together is a bonus and you can show them your skills.

  • I still love the 2 minute noodles, but I found out that if at high school they offer home science or home economics , that when they may develop the interest. I did four years of it and didn’t do too well in the practical , but passed all my theories . So it depends on the child and how keen you want to encourage them . Good luck .

  • My sister has older kids and like to involve them in what to cook for dinner. She’ll ask them to google a recipe with whatever ingredients are in the fridge and whichever recipe they like the best, they help her make.

  • Start to involve the kids in simple tasks like peeling carrots and then progress to more creative jobs and soon they will be asking to help out. Also put up with a bit of mess… it will be worth it in the long run!

  • Ask them what they would like to eat, then help them make it.

  • yeah i think that they just need to get in there and have a go. maybe they are not interested though. i was always cooking and stuff because i wanted too but not everyone wants to do it.

  • my nan handed down a cookbook of all her favourite recipes and I make quite a few now. also the common sense cookery book is great

  • Thanks for sharing your ideas, love the apron idea ☺☺

  • It’s fantastic what you do. You are giving your kids a very valuable skill.

  • Getting the kids their own little aprons and cooking gear is a good idea and incentive too cook and also making up their own recipe books with their favourite recipes.

  • I never had a problem getting my kids to cook, they loved it and have turned out to be awesome little cooks, very capable and creative. My problem was getting them to wash up and clean up,after themselves

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