Teach Your Children Well

by Michael on February 13, 2012 · 2 comments

in Commentary,Rants

I am always surprised by the look parents give me when I tell them that they should let their kids cook. I am also surprised that they think I am crazy to let my 9 and 12-year-old children have access to the stove, mixer or even a sharp knife. They are always surprised at what I allow my children to do in the kitchen.

The reality is that I expect my kids to do things in the kitchen. Peel potatoes? Better them than me. Chop? Dice? Stir things that need stirring for 15 minutes. All them. Experiment? Sure. But I do grumble at the clean up. They will learn that too.

And the simple plea of “Can someone make me a grilled cheese?” Well, make one yourself.

I cook for my family. Everyday is something fresh and as local as I can get. But, when it comes to the short order attitude that I see in a lot of families? I can’t stay quiet. Look, teach your children to eat well, and you change their lives. Teach them to cook and they can take care of themselves. Bar the from the kitchen and stuff them with chicken nuggets? You will have problems.

And we see these problems all over. Childhood diabetes? Obesity? Food allergies? I firmly believe that all these problems stem from the pounds of processed food that we stuff into our kids. Now I am not a Nazi about this. I have Little Debbie’s stashed away as treats but they are just that. Treats. A little thing and not the main thing.

Spend some time showing your kids how to cook. And maybe, if they are part of the preparation you might be less tempted to pull out the boxed version of the dish

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1 Michael February 13, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I started cooking dinner at 13. When my brother left for college, my Mom handed me the mantle. Not everyday, but enough to make me think about it.

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2 Ally Muscarella July 1, 2012 at 1:04 PM

That’s me in that pic..’

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