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Kids Can Cook, Too! (Give Yourself a Break.)

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My kids have been interestd in trying to learn how to cook. My 8 year old daughter likes to create dishes with random ingredients. Her chip dip creations usually turn out really good. She likes to mix ingredients together and see how it turns out.

For instance, she decided to mix applesauce with grapes and peaches. It was an interesting creation for sure. My favorite is when she does a chip dip with refried beans, mozzarella cheese, corn, salsa, and sour cream.

My 9 year old son has recently learned how to make scrambled eggs. That’s his specialty 🙂 He also tried making waffles in the waffle maker today. He did a pretty good job.

We also do homemade pizza night on Fridays, so we all get to create a pizza how we like it.

It can be messy, but it’s kind of exciting and it is certainly a skill that is helpful for teaching kids to become more independent and well-rounded. Learning how to make even basic things can also improve a child’s self-esteem and self-confidence because it is a skill that, when practiced, can result in a positive outcome. Experiencing positive outcomes from our own actions helps increase self-confidence and self-esteem.

Watch this video for a few ideas for recipes that kids can try to make on their own:

It takes some effort to teach your kids to cook and then some more effort to teach them to clean up after they are done cooking, but it’s worth it to see them develop this great skill and also to give yourself a break. You deserve it. Teaching your kids useful life skills (such as cooking) can be beneficial to both you and them.

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Kids Can Cook, Too! (Give Yourself a Break.)

Heather Gilmore

My name is Heather Gilmore. I am so happy to be able to have a space to share helpful insights and resources to other moms out there. Being a parent is hard work and I hope to be able to give you tips and strategies to make it at least a little bit easier and more enjoyable. We love our kids but any mom knows that they can also be exhausting and overwhelming at times, as well. I have a master's degree in social work. I work as a children's therapist. I am also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and work with children with autism spectrum disorder. Additionally, I am a freelance writer specializing in topics related to children and families. I have my own company called Hope Family Resources which provides resources in person and online to help families find greater hope, health, and happiness. See my site and learn more about me at: or email me at [email protected] I have also published books on Amazon. Search for "Discpline and Parenting Strategies for Kids with ADHD," "Have Peace: How to Have Peace in Your Busy, Chaotic Life," and "Sibling Rivalry: How to Deal with Sibling Rivalry so You Won't Have to Anymore,"

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Gilmore, H. (2016). Kids Can Cook, Too! (Give Yourself a Break.). Psych Central. Retrieved on January 22, 2020, from


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