A Child’s Place is in the Kitchen

So well said. I would have written something equally well said, full of the hilarious mishaps from our life here in the shoe… But Pinky was up at 4:30 and took the rest of us with her. So here I am sharing the words if another (probably more well rested) mother. Incidentally, Punkin has always spent a lot of time with me in the kitchen but it hasn’t been until very recently that I’ve been able to have all three. Pinky sticks her fingers into EVERYTHING so its quite a juggling act! I can’t wait until Punkin can read so he can read me ingredients and directions!

Nice and clean: the bowl, not the boy

Nice and clean: the bowl, not the boy

Laura Grace Weldon

It’s easier to cook when kids aren’t in the way. Bubbling pots and sharp knives, after all, are hardly child-friendly. But the kitchen shouldn’t be off-limits to kids.

Yes, dinner takes longer to make when Mason snips the cilantro to shreds and Sophie reads the recipe out loud. And you’ve got places to go — probably places to take your darling children, like T-ball practice or that great science program at the museum.

But how much, really, do our beloved kids benefit from a steady schedule of, well, scheduled activities? Those educational, adult-led activities may very well be counterproductive. We tend to forget that ordinary things like cooking together are flexible, hands-on, purposeful learning experiences.

As they snip, read, and converse with us, our kids are learning physical, mental, and social skills. Here’s how cooking can be educational for them.

Mirror neurons. Even a baby in an infant seat…

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