Cooking as a Family: How Can Kids Help?

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Small hands or big ones, there’s always plenty to do in the kitchen! Do you cook with your kids? What ways do they help in the kitchen?

In my family, if you wander near the kitchen at mealtimes, you’re bound to be put to work. When my brother and I were younger, we did simple things like grating cheese or shredding lettuce with our hands. When we got older, we were giving a paring knife and a pile of fruit to make into fruit salad. My mother eventually gave me a spatula and put me on stir-fry duty.

One of the first “recipes” I learned to make was a simple balsamic vinaigrette for the salad. I remember taking my responsibility very seriously, carefully measuring out spoonfuls of olive oil and vinegar before gleefully whisking them together. I didn’t actually like the vinaigrette, mind you, but I felt very proud of making it.

How do your kids help with cooking?

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