Kids & Eating – Participation Payoff

November 20th, 2011 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , ,

There’s a lot of talk about cooking being a lost art these days. There’s even more concern about funky food habits and kids; even food phobia. What gives? Well get this, studies show that when kids take part in age appropriate food preparation from a relatively young age, say 5 to 10 years, they are more likely to try and even like the food they make. Perhaps Jessica Seinfeld should give that a try, rather than sneaking veggies in her kids’ food…..

I think it’s great to get kids involved in all aspects of the “food supply chain” in the home, from planning the menu, to preparing a list to, grocery shopping, bringing in the groceries, to storage, prepping and cleaning up. You already know what I think about them making their own lunch :-)

If you can ease up on the control department and divvy up the food prep chores everybody will get full marks for participation and in life – having kids take part in food handling and preparation opens kids up to new food possibilities. How great is that?? Very!!

You can even take this a step further: It’s even better if you can take a trip to a farm, depending on where you live of course, to see where food comes from. Alternatively, you may consider planning to plant some veggies and herbs in your garden or on your balcony come spring. Just watch your kids’ excitement as the plants flourish.

I have many fond memories travelling to our family cottage when I was young. It was situated right beside Elmer’s farm, go figure! I reminisce about our drive when my Dad would lead in the singing “…and the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye!!” Also, part way there we’d pass a farm with “the Lazy Bull” that would be sleeping out in front, just being lazy and we’d see who in the car would remember first to shout “there’s the Lazy Bull!!”

Do you have some fond childhood memories around food? I’d love to know……


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