How do you involve your children when cooking? (Circle of Moms Sweepstakes)

Community - posted on 01/10/2011 ( 124 moms have responded )

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Melinda - posted on 01/10/2011

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My Mom made them little aprons so both my boys get to put an apron on like Mommy and help. We talk about measuring, count scoops, they stir and dump in the ingredients...thank goodness there are two beaters or we'd have fights on our hands! :0)

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One of my boys loves to stir and mix! So he is our official stirrer. My other boy loves to clean the dishes! So he is our official dishwasher! They are so proud of themselves when they are done. Cute! ♥

Angie - posted on 01/10/2011

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They help decide what we are having. They help get the ingredients, mix & get everything ready for the dinner.
They are now teenagers and can cook some meals completely on their own. And it's GOOD!!!

Elaine - posted on 01/10/2011

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My little one has a special stool to help i kitchen, I let him add the milk and even stir sometimes. My 10 year old loves to help when it dinner time he has even learned how to make the BBQ sauce. I love Cooking time with my kiddos

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Summer - posted on 01/11/2011

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Alex is 2 and he is always in the kitchen with me when i cook, always mummy up he wants to see in the pot and stired the pot so we have fun cooking together

Debbie - posted on 01/11/2011

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my 3 year old son and i cook together every day. I do the chopping and he puts all the pieces in the pan, we also put the seasoning in and enjoy smelling the food as it cooks.We then prepare the table and all sit together to have our meal. He is my right hand man and is very proud to let everyone know that he helped cook dinner.

Stephanie - posted on 01/10/2011

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My son is only one, so he is usually tinkering with bowls and spatulas while I cook! And I turn on the oven light so he can see what's cooking!

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Sam already likes to stir. Other than that, I just pose her with cooking implements for photos :p

Melinda - posted on 01/10/2011

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They like to be my stir-ers.... or place things on the pans, i.e. rolls, cookies... then they even like to clean up by licking the spoons, bowls, that sort of thing!!! :)

Natasha - posted on 01/10/2011

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I measure the ingredients and my son gets to dump them in the mixing bowl. And when making bread he always gets to take a piece and "knead" it himself. Also he helps pick out what we are eating for supper one night a week.

Sarah - posted on 01/10/2011

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My kids love to stir, mash, mix, & pour as many ingredients as possible! Then of course when we are baking, they get to frost and add the sprinkles, the best part!

Jessica - posted on 01/10/2011

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My 15 month old just sits and watches from her highchair, but my 3 year old helps in whatever way I can let him. If I am mixing ingredients into something on the stove top, he always likes "dumping" them in and then stirring. He also like to help open cans!

Lisa - posted on 01/10/2011

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I would let my kid whos is two be a taste tester tell me it is yummy or yucky or need more favor

Lesley - posted on 01/10/2011

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I get the ingredients/spices that I think would compliment each other and have my son help me make a new dish. Sometimes, we make two and have a competition to see whose is better :)

Denia - posted on 01/10/2011

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My older kids get to pick what to eat once a week (Friday night). They get to help choose what fruit and vegetables we buy every week when we put them in the shopping trolley. And then they can help make cakes and cookies etc by measuring adding and mixing the ingredients. Now my Son has finished kindy he can even help read and follow the recipes.

Amanda - posted on 01/10/2011

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I let them add ingredients, crack eggs, whisk, and practice chopping with a kids' cooking knife that I got at Williams-Sonoma. They also love to push the button on my Cuisinart, and choose their ingredients for certain recipes like smoothies.

Kristi - posted on 01/10/2011

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My son is still to young to participate but he likes to watch and see what I'm doing. I hand him some of the ingredients and name them for him.

Rebecca - posted on 01/10/2011

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My son is so helpful! Every time I cook he helps. He loves to make tortillas and cookies. He even makes his own and he enjoys eating the ones he makes himself! He makes good pancakes too and even knows how much of each ingredient to put in!!

Victoria - posted on 01/10/2011

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my 17 month old loves to do the stirring of items in the pan. we let her put the toppings on food (ie cheese, olives, fruit, etc) before cooking and after. i let her choose which way to prepare the veggies and which ones we should have.

Heather - posted on 01/10/2011

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My son puts everything in his mouth being an eight month old. He's on clean up duty :) My kitchen counter never looked so shiny :)

Patricia - posted on 01/10/2011

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My son just turned 2, and he has been helping bake or cook since he was about 1. It started out by letting him help me make his 1st bday cake to take to daycare. He dumped the mix in, and used the beater to mix it. He is the 2 yr old king of making brownies:) He can even break an egg with little shell getting in his mix. When it comes to cooking on the stove, he gets to put stuff in a bowl, and then he knows that I dump it into the hot pan. He loves to cook and we will continue to do so until he decides there is something better to do...which I hope is a long time away.

Suzanne - posted on 01/10/2011

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I taught them all how to cook (18, 16, and 11 - all girls) and now they cook effortlessly. I have a 1 year old boy who will know the ins and outs of a kitchen as well!

Arwen - posted on 01/10/2011

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Sometimes...they set the table often they decide what they want to eat, they love to crack eggs, chop mushrooms, peel sprouts and put the leftovers in the composter. Other times they winge and moan and ask for biscuits and get in the way and then say "I don't quite like it, mummy".

Karen - posted on 01/10/2011

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The kids measure and pour ingredients into meal. They are also allowed to stir the food on the oven (under supervision, of course)

Patricia - posted on 01/10/2011

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I have my oldest help decide what we are going to have for dinner. I try to incorporate what she likes into every meal. She gets to help stir and clear and set the table. Then she helps with dishes.

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We look through cookbooks together and try to pick out new things to try. Then we shop together for the ingredients and finally, make it together. My son is 6, so he is in charge of pouring and mixing, as well as keeping an eye on the timer!

Stephanie - posted on 01/10/2011

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I out my 10 month old in the highchair at the edge of the kitchen (to keep him safe) and give him a wooden/bamboo spoon or two to bang out a tune. My 3 year old LOVES to help mommy in the kitchen so I let him help stir, push microwave buttons and sit in front of the oven with the light on inside and watch whatever is cooking so he can tell me when it looks "done!" He is quite the helper! My 13 year old is begrudgingly learning to cook - I refuse to turn a man out in the world who needs a woman for domestic duties - It is a family affair most nights - My hubby will come through and stir a pot and say I think it needs this or that (he doesn't cook, LOL!) and I tell him to go for it! Good family bonding time

Sarah - posted on 01/10/2011

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My son loves to help me cook. He is 4yrs old and he is in charge of getting all the ingredients together and then he helps me mix everything together! He even has his own apron, utensils, and he most favorite an Ice cream scoop.
After the meal is done he then helps me to set the table. We make it a point to eat dinner at the table every night.

Sumitra - posted on 01/10/2011

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My 15year old is able to help no worries,I usually ask her to make one component of a meal independently...eg salad.We also collect magazine recipes and try cooking different ones!My 3yr old however obviously needs more guidance but is crazy about cooking, so he begins by gathering the utensils/bowls etc that we need, then the ingredients...he loves measuring quantities and mixing/stirring and his final job if needed is to listen for the kitchen timer when the meal is ready!

Melanie - posted on 01/10/2011

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My children are involved whenever I cook. We decide what we would like to eat and then the boys help gather the ingredients while tasting all of them what of course lol They help read the recipe and follow step by step instructions (it helps them with math) and then they make an absolute mess while mixing, stirring and blending. They never complain to me while eating because hey! They made it! lol I love cooking with my kids they are great!

Mindy - posted on 01/10/2011

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My kids are 11 and 13, so there's lots they can do to help. My 13 year old can practically cook a full meal by herself:) She loves cooking for her daddy and she's very picky. It seems lately when he asks for something new, barring onions, she'll try it. He asked for ham in his omelet, and she thought that sounded interesting so she tried it. Who knew at thirteen we would finally find a way to get her to try new things? lol!

Arati - posted on 01/10/2011

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My daughter loves "helping" me to cook. So though , there are high chances of lumps being in the batter and the stirring being a bit too much, i do allow her to have a go with it. She is 4 and she already can make herself a scrambled egg (albeit with my supervision while we cook it!)

Bri - posted on 01/10/2011

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daughter age 4:

We let her serve herself at the meal table (such as spooning beans into her taco at lunch today).



When we're cooking, she gets to measure, stir, turn on the kitchenaid, pour, level, and anything else she wants to.



Just last week we made brownies and she did everything except put it in the oven.



She also helps to compost "mom- does (x) come from the ground?" and puts dishes in the dishwasher for clean up.

Paula - posted on 01/10/2011

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Well since I have 6 kids, I have to be very specific with who does what. My 2 oldest I let them flip the burgers, the chicken and pancakes etc... My youngest ones I just let them stir, taste test, and lick the spoons LOL

Alicia - posted on 01/10/2011

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My kids love to measure and mix. They both have there own aprons and mixing kit just for them!

Brigette - posted on 01/10/2011

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we started with our grandaghter when she was 4. Whe have a stool for her she helps mixing things like cake batter, egg,etc and now she is going to be 6 and she is very helpful in a kitchen. All it took was a little time and asking them to be invovled. You need to be patience.

Melissa - posted on 01/10/2011

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My little girl is 3 1/2 and loves to help in the kitchen. I let her add in dry ingredients and mix stuff together. She loves to make cupcakes right now and frosting them is her favorite part even if not much makes it on the cupcake!

Brigette - posted on 01/10/2011

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we started with our grandaghter when she was 4. Whe have a stool for her she helps mixing things like cake batter, egg,etc and now she is going to be 6 and she is very helpful in a kitchen. All it took was a little time and asking them to be invovled. You need to be patience.

Heather - posted on 01/10/2011

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Well right now my son is two so he gets to peek in the pots and occassionally stir. He's very good at adding "a dash of salt" as well. He helps more when I bake.

Regan - posted on 01/10/2011

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My daughter is only 7 months old, but I do make a lot of her purees. I have her always "watch" while lying in her Nap Nanny on the kitchen floor while I slice, dice and puree away- they she gets a fresh sample before I freeze. :o)

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she cooks w/ me every night. weather it be putting the seasonings on or getting things outta the fridge. heer fav is sloppy joes. all she wants to do is help and i have fun w/ her in the kitchen. Reminds me of cooking w/ my mom. Well HUI ho and aloha~ jena

Pam - posted on 01/10/2011

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Now that I am disabled, I have to sit on a stool to cook, so my children help plan a meal, gather all ingredients, help with stirring, preparation and serving the meals. Then they always help their Dad to clean up the kitchen!

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