Teaching Kids How to Cook

Encouraging your children to practice cooking at an early age can help them become responsible eaters and independent individuals because they know what happens from purchasing to preparation and serving.

After all, it’s a basic survival skill that they will have to learn sooner or later. What can you do as a parent to teach your kids to love cooking? Here are some tips.

Cooking Activities by Age

Some psychologists recommend that you should expose your kids to certain preparation techniques appropriate for their skills to avoid accidents in the kitchen. For example, at age 3 or below, you can start by letting the child wash vegetables, stir room-temperature ingredients, place ingredients on scales, or mash ingredients with a fork.

By 5 years, the child should be able to knead, sieve, weigh, wash fruits and vegetables, roll the dough, hand-mix, and use the mortar and pestle. At age 7, your child can be taught to handle small knives and scissors and set the table. Eleven-year-old should be able to identify most ingredients, make simple salads, open cans or use peelers, and operate the oven and microwave.

Assign Chores in the Kitchen

To avoid accidents, your child should be assigned to help in smaller and easier tasks that don’t involve carrying or touching sharp, pointed, and breakable objects. Toddlers should be encouraged to watch you prepare while older kids younger than 12 should be able to identify the various fruits, vegetables, and meat.

Do not be afraid to relinquish control or worry that your child will get dirty. As long as they are not playing with open fire and are safe from dangerous objects and substances, let them help if they want.

Master Simple Recipes and Learn Responsibility

Snacks, simple breakfast, smoothies, and salads are the easiest recipes kids can learn on their own. It could be as simple as scooping and spreading ready-made ingredients on bread, peel fruits, and make toast.

Not only will you encourage them to love cooking, but they will also become aware of the effort it takes to prepare food. Next time that they go to a restaurant or a street food stall, they will have more respect towards people in the food business and will hesitate to waste leftover food.

Safety First

Some kids will ask that they be allowed to cook on the stove, but if you think they are not yet ready to handle open fire, you can let them watch you cook instead. That would be the perfect time to teach them about safety and responsibility. Point out which items they are allowed to use and why they are not yet allowed to handle knives.

Explain that they will one day be able to cook for themselves once they have mastered the basic preparation techniques. These include washing hands before handling food, keeping the kitchen and utensils clean, which food must be refrigerated, how to determine which are raw or ready-to-eat, and when to taste food.

How to Guard Our Youths Against Gambling Addiction

 

Gambling is a problem which is hard to eradicate. Even though it is not allowed by the state and it incurs punishments, many people still engage to such activities. According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, gambling start at a younger age (before turning 18 years old).

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This is alarming. Youths are the future of Singapore and yet at an early age, they start gambling. Gambling will cost us a lot of money. If we are addicted, it can influence our relationship with our family, friends and even colleagues.

With this, it is crucial that we help troubled youths. It is not yet too late. Here are some things that we can do to help our youths with gambling addictions:

  • Parents need to teach their children: Parents should spend their time in paying attention to their children especially the young ones. Parents should be the one to curb the problem at the onset. For example, parents can pay attention to social online games because it can lead to addiction.

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  • Get help from other institutions: Here in Singapore, there is Addictions Recovery Centre in MacPherson where participants meet every Tuesdays. The participants will talk about their experiences and share some learnings on how to deal with addiction. If our child is becoming addicted even to online games, we have to act swiftly.

Children before turning 18 years old are easy targets for such temptations. As parents, we have to make sure that our children are in the right path. Gambling addiction is very serious and it needs more than parents – the society needs to be involved.

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Smart Parenting: Tips to Raising Happy and Healthy Kids  

Of course, all parents want to see their kids grow up well. The best way to start is to get them into good habits. Starting a good habit earlier means that by the time kids reach adolescence, they are likely to do better judgments on doing things their way. Here are some tips your kids can greatly benefit from.

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  1. Eat Dinner Together

Studies show that connecting with the family over dinner isn’t just a wonderful way to bond, but also boosts a child’s chances of establishing good eating and lifestyle habits. Kids who dine with their parents in the table are likely to consume more fruits and veggies, drink fewer sugary beverages, and—when they reach adolescence—less likely to smoke and abuse drugs.

  1. Send Kids to Bed Early

If you haven’t yet established a bedtime routine, now is the best time to start. Children need at least 10 hours of sleep a night. If you’re having a hard time sending your little munchkin to bed, a comforting routine can help you get through that. You can start with a warm bath, brushing of teeth, and some quiet 15-minute story-telling time before the lights go out at 8pm.

  1. Get Active

Children today are a lot less active than they were about eight years ago, and according to researches, one in every four is obese. Therefore, the earlier you incorporate an active lifestyle to your kids, the better. Start with the most basic activities, like using stairs over elevator when shopping, walking instead of driving to the corner shop, and play at the park instead of sitting at home in front of the computer.

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  1. Have Regular Health Checks

Show your kids the importance of good health by going to the dentist regularly and booking them for regular physical check-ups. Experts say that childhood gum diseases and tooth decay can lead to developmental health issues and weight problems later on. Also, children really need to visit their physicians regularly for periodical immunizations.

  1. Read Them Books

According to studies, the sooner the kids are introduced to books, the better their brain development will be. Reading plays a very crucial role in a child’s literacy and language development, boosting their readiness for school and boosting their motor and social skills, as well as memory, concentration, empathy, and understanding.

Raising our kids well isn’t a hard thing to do. As parents, we only hope for the best for our children. Start with these five good habits now and you’re sure to raise your children to be the best person they could be.

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