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    The Way to their Heart is Through Their Stomachs

    By Sara Richmond Walls     

    I am a modern woman: I am 23 years old and I only know how to cook one dish: homemade spaghetti. Spaghetti is the only main course recipe that my mother taught me, and therefore I cherish it. I have improved upon it and made it own. While I get “warm fuzzies” just thinking about it, I wish that I knew more about the kitchen in general, and I wish I knew many more of my mother’s recipes. My own lack of kitchen experience leads me to believe that the kitchen has become a part of our home that is less frequented, isolated and even neglected. Below are just some of the reasons why reestablishing the kitchen as a central part of the home is growing in importance.

    Why the Kitchen is Important

    Introducing children and teenagers to the kitchen is important for two reasons. As stated above, I know how to cook one entrée: spaghetti. That’s it. Now, while many people eat every meal out, this can be unhealthy and economically taxing. Cooking can be enjoyable for both the girls and the guys, but how will they know that if they never enter the kitchen? Cooking is a skill and an art that people can take pleasure in, and that can help keep people healthy and save money.

    In addition, the kitchen can become a great gathering place where family can reconnect and grow together. While it may seem archaic, there is something to be said for dinners spent around the kitchen table as opposed to in front of the television. Eating together promotes interest among family members and conversation. When the whole family takes part in creating the meal, the dinner itself is more enjoyable.

    When to Start and How to Keep it Going

    One of the best ways to get children into the kitchen is to make it fun and let them help. Choose tasks that are safe. Don’t worry about messes. In fact, letting them make messes leads to another important life lesson: cleaning up messes!

    While it’s often easy to keep children’s interest, once they turn 13, this often changes. They have more school work to do, they have to talk to their friends on the phone, they have to chat on IM, etc. Urge your children to do their homework at the kitchen table while you cook dinner so that you can chat with them between math problems.

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