From time to time I will be talking to someone about my kitchen adventures with the boys and they will respond, “your *boys* like to cook?”
Though it doesn’t happen often, I think there are some folks out there who just don’t see boys in the kitchen. As someone who is married to a boy who grew up learning to cook, and watching his parents in the kitchen, I am extraordinarily thankful that my now-grown up husband loved to cook as a boy, and still does to this day.
I have yet to meet a boy that doesn’t enjoy creating in the kitchen. Not only R and G, but we have had friends of R over and they seem to like it too:
And it is not only folks who are surprised that my boys love to cook, but other mothers of boys and girls alike sometimes tell me that their child is not interested in cooking, and they wish they knew how to pique their interest.
Let me suggest something simple: just get in the kitchen and cook.
I am convinced that the aspects of cooking (the fun mess it makes! The stirring! The creating! The tasting!) make it a custom-made kiddie activity. I wonder if sometime the parent who complains that their child doesn’t like to cook, may not like to cook themselves. Not a judgment, for there are plenty of things around the house that I
have no interest in doing!
I would venture to guess that most children, if given the opportunity, could find something they would like to cook, bake or create in the kitchen. If you aren’t sure where to start, keep things easy—do a box mix for a cake, or make up some simple cookies. Or buy a pre-made pizza dough and just top and pop it into the oven.
What ideas to you have to get your kids cooking?