Do your children help in the kitchen? Last night I had L peeling potatoes and B stirring a sauce, to help me whilst I was making dinner. Having them helping meant it took longer to get the food ready but on nights when we’re not in a hurry I’d really like to get them more involved with the cooking. It was cosy, all pottering in the kitchen together and of course they’re learning important skills which they will take with them as the grow up – and one day use to make my dinner for me!
L who is four managed to peel the potatoes quite well – and we set the rules that she had to be sitting down still while she was holding the peeler, and watching out for her fingers. B who is seven loved being in charge of making the sauce, holding the saucepan handle and stirring gently.
Are your children chefs in the making? What kind of tasks do you get them involved with? Are there any jobs you think they shouldn’t do – at what age would you let them use sharps knives for example? I’d love to hear your ideas – hope you’ll leave a comment.