When you think back to memories of your childhood, do you remember baking cookies with your mom? That feeling of comfort and warmth, working together to creating something from scratch, and then enjoying it together? Not only is cooking with your child a wonderful bonding opportunity, the benefits of cooking with kids are substantial.
One of my hobbies is cooking – huge bonus for my husband and kids! But sometimes mom needs a break from the kitchen. Also, as a mom of boys, I feel it’s important to teach them how to do household tasks, like cooking, early on.
Cooking is one activity that my boys seem to both enjoy. And it’s an important life skill to learn! One day when they’re living on their own, or married with kids of their own, they’ll need to be able to cook up a delicious meal.
Benefits of cooking with your kids
But right now as they’re still kids, they can learn quite a bit from cooking hands-on in addition to what they are learning in math class. Cooking helps kids learn about math in a real-world way – using skills like counting, following directions, and measurements. It’s a fun and practical way for them to learn about measuring teaspoons, millilitres, and cups, volume and capacity. Kids also learn about temperature (hot and cold), floating, sinking, dissolving, melting, and freezing – lessons that are covered in science.
But with busy weeknights, how can parents take the time to teach (and learn themselves) some new cooking skills?
Kitchen Confidence Survey
New research from the UNCLE BEN’S® Brand shows that less than half of Canadian parents feel confident in their own ability to cook, limiting their confidence to pass this important life skill onto their children.
The research, dubbed the Kitchen Confidence Survey, asked more than 4,000 parents of kids under 18 in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom about their family’s cooking skills and traditions. The Survey led to surprising results:
- 98 percent of parents in Canada feel it is important that their children know how to cook or bake. However, only 36 percent cook with their children weekly, while 29 per cent cook with their children monthly or less
- Seven in 10 households eat together as a family five or more nights a week in Canada
- Only a third of Canadian parents feel highly skilled in their abilities to create a balanced meal, season, and pan fry
- Two-thirds of parents in Canada do not have a high level of confidence in their children’s ability to follow a recipe
International Cook with Your Kids Day
So that’s why UNCLE BEN’S® Brand has launched the first International Cook with Your Kids Day on October 15, 2016, to prompt parents in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom to set aside time to learn to cook together.
My son had the opportunity to meet and cook with ET Canada’s Rick Campanelli! Together, they prepared Cheesy Rainbow Rice with Ground Beef, a recipe that has detailed instructions on the new website, Beginners.UncleBens.ca.
The website and BEN’S BEGINNERS™ program offers great interactive lessons on peeling, chopping, and measuring in terms they can understand. With photos and easy instructions to follow the recipes, your child will soon learn how to be a master chef!
Three Canadian winners will be awarded a Grand Prize of $10,000 CAD which may be used towards a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)!
To enter, submit a photo featuring your child(ren) accompanied by an adult in the kitchen preparing a rice-based dish together.
Full entry details can be found at beginners.unclebens.ca.
Disclosure: This post is proudly sponsored by UNCLE BEN’S®. As always, the opinions expressed herein are my own.