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“Tips for Cooking With Your Kids”

Nothing reinforces your child’s confidence and creativity like helping cook in the kitchen. When cooking meals it is always a lot of fun to include my daughter in the process. Sometimes she is only involved in the preparation, like getting together ingredients, measuring, or mixing, while other times she is manning the stove (with a watchful eye close by) and keeping track of the time so we know when to check the oven. Time and time again my daughter surprises me with the level of skill she has if only I just let her “do it herself.” I always find myself biting my tongue when I am about to say “do you need help with that?” As she flies through the task at hand with determination, passion and grace.

You might find that your child really loves to help out in the kitchen, and that is a very rewarding feeling. They will see that not only is cooking a lot of fun, but you can learn to mix and marry different flavors and spices together creatively to create delicious and unique dishes. This interest many times carries over to adult life and before you know it, they are making gourmet meals for themselves and their own families!

A great place to begin, and a simple, healthy way to start the day would be some whole wheat pancakes. This is how I got my start in the kitchen myself and inspired my life long love with cooking. This is a great way to learn mixing, measuring and cooking, and because a bowl of pancake batter makes many pancakes, you have quite a few tries to get it right.

The biggest thing, before you start making banana pancakes, fruit filled crepes or Belgian waffles, would be following the directions on the box. Before you can break the rules you have to learn what they are. Have them read the instructions and recite the steps as they measure, pour and mix. Pancakes are an art and soon your child will become a fine artist in the kitchen no matter what the task! Have fun with it.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

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