Why Cooking is a Potential Bonding Affair with your Family

The modern society is perpetually busy; some parents have to work two to three jobs to provide for their families. The responsibilities leave little time for bonding with the family. Luckily, we all have to eat at some point. For many households, cooking or dinnertime is the only time they are all together in one place. Busy parents need to get creative with their time, instead of cooking alone as other family members do their business, how about cooking and eating together.

In this period of age, family time is as valuable as gold! Finding quality time and squeezing it in between school, work and other activities may present some challenges for you and your family. However, a great way to squeeze in some family time is to prepare and cook meals together. Spending time in the kitchen provides a space for bonding gives your family control over the nutritional content and can turn into an educational experience for all. Not to mention, it also is an excellent way to help save some dollars.

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It is interesting that a commonly ignored task such as cooking together can have so much positive impact on the family. Michigan State University and WebMD give some details on benefits of family cooking time.

  • A kitchen is a perfect place for bonding time with your kids. You can find yourself sharing stories, laughing and learning new things about one another.
  • Involving your kid in kitchen activities is fun, engaging and it reinforces responsibilities. Your child can help with setting the table or mixing the ingredients.
  • Children learn science, math, reading and writing skills when following a recipe. Give them the task of reading the recipe and measuring the amounts of ingredients. Have some scratch paper and a pencil on hand for additions and subtractions.
  • Involving your kid in the kitchen helps boost their confidence in trying new foods, especially for fussy eaters.

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  • It encourages kids to try healthy foods.
  • Kids feel like they are accomplishing something and contributing to the family.
  • Children are more likely to sit down to a family meal when they helped prepare it.
  • Parents get to spend quality time with their kids.
  • Kids are not spending time in front of the TV or computer while they are cooking.
  • Kids are not eating junk food when they are cooking a meal at home.
  • Learning to cook is a skill your children can use for the rest of their lives.
  • Kids who learn to eat well may be more likely to eat healthfully as adults.
  • Positive cooking experiences can help build self-confidence.
  • Kids who cook with their parents may even be less likely to abuse drugs.

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The benefits of cooking together are numerous and run for a lifetime especially the love and fun it brings to the entire family. I encourage you to go the extra mile and do grocery list and shopping as a family.

Another suggestion for family time is to make grocery trips a fun experience for all. Prepare your shopping ahead of time and involve your child in selecting recipes for the week. Once at the store, play a game of scavenger hunting with the family. Give the children a copy of the store circular and a copy of the grocery list. They can help you select and identify items on sale and locate the ingredients throughout the store. Family time is a full juggling act, so make the best of it by incorporating it in the kitchen.

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