Being a father means more than just being there for girl problems and going to summer baseball games. Bonding with your children in the kitchen helps to not only improve your relationship, but also create lasting memories that they will remember for a lifetime.
Kids Want to Help
When I’m in the kitchen making anything, I always have one or two little ones hovering around me. They’re jumping up and down to see what’s in the pan and asking what they can do to help. We all know that their help often isn’t really helping that much. This is especially true for younger children, but that’s not the point.
The point is that they are having a fun time with dad and maybe learning a thing or two while they’re at it. While older kids can probably help with chopping and even stove preparation, younger kids are best reserved for getting items out of the fridge or ingredient preparation that doesn’t involve sharp objects.
Some of the tasks my kids enjoy include rolling or kneading dough; breaking candy bits, crushing potato chips…pretty much anything—and licking the bowl. Ok, so maybe that last one isn’t really a task, but it’s fun for everyone involved.
What Really Happens
When you give a child a task, be prepared to do it again yourself. Kneading dough can turn into simply hitting it Power Rangers style and ingredients will routinely disappear (i.e. cookie batter, candy bars and anything else that might be tasty). If you plan on having kids help out, then always buy more ingredients than you need.
There is nothing worse than buying enough ingredients to make 30 cookies and then only having enough batter to make 10. When I was a kid, my mom would make homemade noodles for chicken noodle soup and it was my job to mold the dough into noodles. I can’t even tell you how much raw dough I ate as a kid, but she always had enough for the meal.
Kids may not be the best helpers, but there is nothing better than seeing their eyes light up as they help out their dad. They are so proud of every job you give them, no matter how it turns out. If you’re looking for a few tips and tricks about cooking in the kitchen, then visit dadsthatcook.com.