If you have been watching every episode of Master Chef or even its Junior series or any other reality cooking competition, you would be simply amazed at the dazzling array of kitchen utensils that they have in their pantry. For the most part, the kiddie version of these cooking shows are definitely so much fun to watch, especially 7- and 8-year olds handling those cleavers and different cheese grater type gadgets more like professional chefs. Some of these kids are practically way better than some adults who do not even know how to properly hold a kitchen knife.
Now it would really be great if you could also have a child who can do wonders in the kitchen, dont you think?
While many consider the kitchen as the last place in the home where you would want to put your kid, some child experts as well as culinary giants recommend otherwise. The kitchen is a place where creativity and independence can be fostered and nurtured. It is also the place in the home where you can readily teach kids about the concept of safety as well as efficiency. There are simply a lot of things that you can teach your child in the kitchen.
The one major obstacle however, is how to make your child feel more confident around the kitchen. Heres how:
Watch kiddie versions of reality cooking shows together. Show your child how enthusiastic you are about working in the kitchen. Take note of one particular recipe that you would like to try on your own.
Start with very simple dishes. Create a plan that will slowly introduce him to the different kitchen utensils. So before you let him prepare the cheese for example, maybe you would like to teach him first about the different parts of a cheese grater and how to use it properly.
Be copious in your praises every time he accomplishes something. If he is doing something wrong, correct it immediately and show him how it is done properly. Also, do not punish him or shout at him if he makes mistakes. Remember, you are teaching him to enjoy working in the kitchen. This means that you need to make sure that the kitchen experience is something that is really fun and enjoyable.
Post his culinary creations on his own personal Facebook page. You will simply be amazed at how his enthusiasm and confidence grows with each cooking session.
* Buy him his very own set of kitchen utensils. From knives to pots and pans to a cheese grater and fryer, he will treat them as his own.
Now dont you think its about time to get cooking with your kid?