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Why I Believe That All Children Can Learn To Cook

The truth is that many children who have been raised with a solid foundation in the kitchen actually enjoy giving it a try, and that they are more apt to develop a love of cooking and learn to cook at an earlier age. I believe that children of all ages can learn to cook. But it isn’t just about the child’s interests, we must also nurture a child’s sense of self-worth.

Most parents worry, when something happens to their baby it means the child isn’t eating right. “We know that some children don’t eat the way they should because they don’t like to eat that way and they don’t understand why you should eat the way you need to eat,” they explain. And this is, sadly, true. Some children, not born with a deep and rich appetite or a strong drive to learn, aren’t good cookers. If you’ve ever tried feeding a child who likes to eat well, you can imagine the results! You can’t always cook at an advanced age! But in the short time we will have with our kids, we must teach them, teach their children and give them the support they need to be able to prepare food that is healthy, delicious and nutritious. And the best way to do this is to take them through baby dishes before they’re ready to be exposed to foods that are not so appetizing.

How Many Kids Can Cook? It depends. Let me answer that question today. A child in this country has a childhood obesity rate of 29.7 percent. I remember my high school days when I didn’t see many kids in school who liked to cook. Kids seemed to be eating fast food and doing things like having snacks and eating out a lot like we would today. Today, one in three children are not attending day care. Kids today are not learning how to cook and being able to prepare healthy food that is nutritious, delicious and appealing to babies and children of all ages. What do you think is causing this problem? And what can you do to help? We’ve all heard the “good for you” slogan, “Eat your veggies”. A child’s immune system starts growing around age 2 and then increases steadily at every single age. The more your cells are growing, the stronger you are. That is why you can see your children grow and flourish even as they get closer and closer to adulthood. Let us not forget that many of our children go to school hungry. 

But what you might not know is that children who aren’t having enough to eat because they don’t have access to nutritious food on a regular basis, are also more susceptible to becoming obese and developing high blood pressure which will affect them forever with their increased risk of heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes and other heart-related health issues as a result. 

What’s more, the fact is that the average American child has more than 2,000 calories per day. A 3-ounce serving of carrots or a 6-ounce serving of rice has about 240 calories. The same size serving of pasta, which has only 80 calories, contains many more food grams and contains more calories. And in a recent study, adults who ate a typical U.S. diet (4,000 calories) for two years had a higher blood pressure in comparison to adults who consumed only 400 calories or less per day.

But does this mean you can’t cook or can’t cook for your children when they are a toddler and a preschooler?  I know it doesn’t, especially if you follow healthy cooking recipes. But here are four things you need to do before you start worrying about your children not able to cook. 1. Learn how to cook in these 10 toddler and preschooling meal plans. Cooking is one of the fun things kids do, and learning to cook can be fun too. You have to take the time to teach your child how to cook a meal! Here are some tips that will make your time ahead of the stove much easier: 1) Have a healthy snack ready to go. If your child is hungry for some real food, make a salad. Choose one that is high in nutritious ingredients that your child can take and store. 2) Don’t make the dishes before you come home from work. That way, your child has time to learn how to use the stove and the dishwasher for making breakfast instead of having to go to the kitchen the same time you come home, and making breakfast is always on the agenda.   3) Try not to forget to buy your child something to eat.