Depending on how old your children are, they may be busy with homework or they may be underfoot while you make dinner. If time allows, I like to let the kids help me in the kitchen. Of course, when they were little, safety was always my first concern, so I kept them far from the oven, burners, and sharp knives.
When Solomon and Celia were babies, I hung their jumper right in the kitchen doorway, where they could bounce like crazy while I cooked.
When they were toddlers, one of my best allies in the kitchen was a small stepladder. From this perch, the kids could assist me at the counter while I was husking corn or make bubble soup in the kitchen sink while I put dinner together.
When they were in preschool, I kept a drawer with small toys and workbooks for them to play with if they want to be close by but didn’t want to “help.” Sure, they often got in my way, but cooking is a great way for us to spend time together and for them to learn what it takes to feed the family each night, which might come in handy for them someday, too.
Now that Solomon and Celia are in high school, they have become really comfortable in the kitchen, so if I’m in a pinch or if they are feeling creative, they can help with or take over cooking duties for the evening.
Do you let your kids help in the kitchen? What are their favorite jobs?