Involving kids in the kitchen is a fantastic way to teach them how to cook and to encourage them to try new and different kinds of food. In order to involve your children more in the culinary activities of your home without losing your mind, it is so helpful to have a well-organized kitchen that is kid friendly. Kitchen organization can be an intimating process, but Katie provides some excellent tips and motivation for making sure your kids are involved in the meal-making process. By rethinking your available space, separating your kitchen into zones, and using labels and other tactics, the process of kitchen organization doesn’t have to be a painful one!
“We moms always have a lot on our plates.
One that I struggle with is balancing the need to cook for my family with the need to slow down and teach my little ones how to cook, and then the need to do silly things with them and play and read books and help with homework.
It feels like there’s never enough time in the day!
My quick tips today, in this very last Organizing in October post, are designed to help you integrate your kids into the kitchen to accomplish goals one and two: with a little investment, you can teach your children skills, spend time with them, and get the return on investment of kids who can actually help in the kitchen without you having to micromanage.
A kitchen that is organized to be kid-friendly is the first step.
Because I have a “kid cupboard” down low, my kids can get their own dishes, help set the table easily, and unload the dishwasher. They know how to sort silverware.
I have a long way to go, however, as they get older and can do more at the stove. A lot of my supplies are up high, so I’ve been thinking about how to make a more kid-friendly space. (Waiting for the kids to grow taller seems like a good plan…)
Jami Delgado of EatNourishing.com is the guest lecturer in the latest GNOWFGLINS eCourse, and she has such wisdom on kids helping in the kitchen. I’ve been given permission to share excerpts from lesson 8 of the Real Food Kids eCourse, “Organizing the Kitchen with Kids in Mind:””