What are some of your favorite childhood memories from the holidays? No matter how many you have or what they are, there is no doubt that at least one revolves around the wonderful food that is prepared and eaten during the holidays. And sometimes, you want nothing more than to pass those cherished memories along to your own children so that they can appreciate those times as well. One of the best and easiest ways to get your kids involved to make their own wonderful memories is to have them help in the kitchen.
Letting Kids In The Kitchen
No one is saying they should baste the turkey or boil potatoes. You definitely don’t want them to get hurt, but you can let them help in other ways. They can stir the cranberry sauce, snap the green beans, or fill the deviled eggs. Get a stool or a chair to pull up to the counter if they aren’t tall enough to reach. If your kids are older and you are comfortable with them handling a knife with your supervision and direction, have them be your “sous chef” and prep all your ingredients like chopping celery, nuts and/or herbs. Not only do they feel important, but they will also take pride in having a hand in such a beloved tradition.
Another easy way that kids can help is by setting the table. If the dishes are already on the table, then chances of them being broken decreases dramatically. Show your kids an example of how it’s supposed to be done and then let them to finish the rest. And if every knife is facing the wrong way or napkins aren’t neatly folded end to end, don’t worry and take satisfaction that your child was cooperative enough to do it on their own. Just making them feel appreciated and involved will go a long way.
Letting your kids help in the kitchen during the holidays and seeing the payoff of everyone satisfied after a delicious meal that they took part in preparing, who knows, it may turn into a regular occurrence that creates special bonding time with you and your kids.
This article was written by LowCountry Barbecue, proud to be a leading Atlanta caterer, serving families and businesses during the holidays for over 25 years.