10 Reasons Why Kids Should Learn To Cook!

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It is March Break and the kids are screaming for something to do. How about spending some time in the kitchen teaching them to cook?

By Lori Tinella

It may be hard to have the kids in the kitchen when you just home from work and want to get your hungry family fed. Why not try spending some time cooking together this March Break when you are not so pressed for time?

1. Cooking helps kids make Healthy Food Choices – Learning to cook helps kids to learn about nutrition and healthy eating. Growing up with fast food and junk food can be a part of the reason why child obesity is on the rise. Teaching kids to cook healthy instills skills to last them a lifetime.

2. Boost their Self Esteem If your child needs a boost of self confidence, (and who doesn’t!) cooking in the kitchen will do just that. They are accomplishing a task, learning something important and contributing to the family.

3. Helps to create Family Time and Bonding Take time to cook with your kids and they will have memories that they, in turn, can pass on to their families. It may take a longer time to get the meal or snack done but the moments with your children will be priceless.

4. Kids will be more apt to eat what they make Perhaps it is the enthusiasm of creating something themselves, but they will be more likely to eat whatever they had a hand in making.

5. Kids learn real lessons in Science, Language, Math and Creativity Cooking will help reinforce all these subjects!

6. What a great way to learn life skills This can be especially helpful when kids grow up to be on their own. They won’t have to rely on fast food and junk food to sustain them.

7. They can help contribute to the family and they can feel the importance of helping

8. They are working together as a team, whether it is with a parent or with a sibling to get the job done.

9. Cooking teaches them planning and making choices

10. Practice creativity and imagination Kids cooking activities are a great way to express themselves and enjoy their creations.

Lori Tinella is the founder, owner of Little Chefs based in Erin, Ontario

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I founded Mums 'n Chums in 2009 after realizing that the area I live in was drastically underserviced as compared to surrounding areas for support and activities for growing families. Mums 'n Chums grew popular very quickly and I have been dedicated to nurturing that growth through frequent networking, social media engagement and in person meetups. By the end of its first year, Mums 'n Chums had close to 500 members and was receiving regular inquiries from fans outside of its service area, asking when we would be expanding to serve them as well. After much careful research and polling, I expanded the site in May of 2011 to cover the entire North end of the GTA (from Cambridge to Markham), areas I believe are still receiving far less attention than they deserve from other sites and family services. We also changed the focus from small scale local mom and tot meetups to more of an informative purpose, closing down our forum and adding several talented contributors to the blog. We do still offer several large scale family events per year, such as our popular Birthday Bash events and our Holiday Bash in December. Our contests have also become a member favourite, and we strive to offer amazing prizes from trusted brands like Babies R Us, La Roche Posay, Johnson's Baby and many more. In March of 2016, after months of work spent migrating all of the site's content to a new platform, Mums 'n Chums re-launched with its fresh, new look. The changes and expansion have proven a great success and we're still getting inquiries from several other cities within the Greater Toronto Area, whom we have decided to serve as well. I have built this site and its' reputation carefully and look forward to continuing its growth!