A good way to spend time with children indoors is to get them into the kitchen. Many parents reading this have arched an eyebrow by now, but baking with children does them more benefit than harm. Nevertheless, how would we ever know if we do not allow them to bake along with us?
There is no denying that letting your child cook at a young age poses some risks. However, by taking appropriate safety measures, this task can prove to be a fun and eventful one. Baking is a rather safer form of cooking, where the use of fire and knife are limited.
Baking with your child creates memorable family time. It instils good family values and an opportunity for parents to bond with their children. Children will eventually be more open to their parents rather than being reticent. Years from now, they will be able to cherish these valuable memories created in their very own kitchen.
Creating something from scratch by using raw ingredients, mixing them properly, giving them form and shape, and finally turning them into edible food requires the contribution of time and effort. This will shape your child to be more patient and resilient.
Letting your child create something from scratch that later takes an edible form will aid to boost their confidence. Being able to say they made it will surely add a feeling of esteem in your little one. By simply letting them assist you will add a sense of importance and belonging in them. Furthermore, this will implant good eating habits for those picky little eaters.
Baking also enhances several essential skills in a child. Mixing ingredients improves their coordination and motor skills, reading and understanding a recipe enhances comprehension skills, being able to follow instructions develops useful learning practices, and cooking together creates opportunity for teamwork. It lets them explore their creativity and imagination.
Apart from all these, baking from an early age may help them find a hidden talent. As your child develops a positive attitude and interest towards cooking and culinary arts, this may eventually turn into passion and a way of life in the future. After all, if we do not allow them the experience, how will they unleash the hidden chef within them?
Get your child involved in baking with you. Don't let the fear of creating a mess or any unprecedented mishap prevent you from crafting fond memories and developing valuable habits in their childhood.
Model: Sufi Arshan Aziz