One of my favorite things to do with my daughter is to cook. Every now and then I like to brush up on my culinary skills and cook a good meal with my 8-year-old assistant chef. My daughter and I have been cooking kid friendly dishes together since before I can remember. It allows us to spend quality time together and bond while preparing a full meal or a special treat for dessert. I always try to find healthy recipes for her and I to cook together .
Not only does cooking together allow us to strengthen our father/daughter connection, it also helps her to learn an essential life skill. Eventually she is going to grow up and live on her own. When that time comes for her to go out and be on her own I want her to know how to prepare a meal. Knowing her way around a kitchen is something that she will grow to appreciate as she grows older.
While we are in the kitchen we converse about whatever she wants. It’s a good way for us to build a bridge of communication. She asks me questions, I answer. I asks her questions, she answers. We talk about school and anything else going on in her life. The kitchen is the perfect place to bond with your child, and have fun at the same time! As your child gets older you wil see how them mature in the kitchen. Before you know it, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy some fine cuisine courtesy of your own private lil’ chef.
Here are a few fun and healthy recipes that you can try out with your kids.