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One of our goals this year is to have the children cooking more independently. They can all scrape by, preparing themselves some sort of food but I’d like them to be able to serve a family meal, and cook a dessert or do some baking.
Each week we rotate the chores and one of the chores is to be my cook’s helper. Mostly this is for the evening meals but if I was to do baking (it happens rarely) they would help me out or if possible, bake whatever was needed.
My plan is that each child will have one meal that they will be “in training” for. This meal will be repeated one night each time they are cooks helper. With each rotation they will be able to do more of the meal independently, working towards them doing it totally by themselves. I expect to show them, help them, and then let them go (though it may take a couple of rotations of ‘helping’ before they have the confidence to do it solo.) So that is my plan.
These are the meals each of the children are working on at the moment:
Daniel: Minestrone Soup, Chocolate slice
Nomi: Spaghetti Bolognaise, Chocolate cake
Jessica: Creamy Chicken with rice and veggies, Lemon Meringue Pie
Joshua: Roast meat and veggies, salad, Muffins
I am trying to do the same. Funny thing is, my eldest daughter hates cooking, but my sons love it. Also she hates any shopping, but my eldest son, who is 13 enjoys it.
What a great idea! I hate to cook, so am really hoping that at least one of my boys will like to cook. I do think they need to know how, either way. I never thought of having them be the cook's helper for the meal—that's a great way to teach them. I'm hoping I can retire from the kitchen and let them do it. Well, I can dream, can't I? LOL
Of course I would say that as I am doing the same here. My 10.5yo can cook spaghetti bolognaise and can also do a self saucing chocolate pudding from scratch. (No packet mixes here!) He can also whip up a chocolate brownie and isn't too far off being able to cook a favourite biscuit recipe on his own.
My mum was given advice before she married to perfect one main course and one dessert so that if she is ever asked to provide a meal she has a no-fail option. I am wanting to do the same for my children, all boys.
Good luck with your endeavours, it will pay off. My eldest cooks on those days the baby is clinging, saving us a great deal of money for fast food.
Jen in NSW