Kids in the Kitchen
Kids having fun and learning to be self reliant in the kitchen
The best thing frugal parents can do for their kids is get them into the kitchen. No, not just for meals, but so they can learn how to prepare their favorite meals for themselves. Mama and daddy are not going to be there fixing dinner for them forever, after all, and if those kids wish to save money for important things they’ll have to make eating at home and fixing their own meals a big part of their life. That means knowing their way around a kitchen.
It occurred to me that I did a rather poor job preparing my own kids to be out on their own when my son moved into his own home. He called me one day and said the potato masher I gave him didn’t work. It took me a while to figure out how a simple hand-held tool couldn’t work. I asked how he was using it and that’s when he had a Duh moment.
“You never told me I had to boil the potatoes first!” he shouted.
Seriously? How could he NOT know this? As it turns out, he never actually watched me making mashed potatoes. I thought it was obvious that you would need to cook potatoes first before making them into mashed potatoes. I assumed he would know this and we all know what they say when you assume.
So, knowing this to be rather important, let’s teach the kids some basic kitchen lessons before they leave the nest. We’ll start this easy Kids in the Kitchen series will include recipes, techniques and general kitchen knowledge designed for kids. These skills they can take with them when they leave the nest and then they will be armed to survive which is always a good thing.
Here’s hoping this series better prepares kids to be self reliant and frugal in the kitchen.
Glory Lennon when she’s not forgetting to teach her kids vital survival skills, can be found being entertaining, funny, smart and/or frugal at Bubblews , sometimes simultaneously!