I must admit I had never once thought about cooking a meal as something to bring your family closer together until I read Tim Frechette’s blog. It made sense. It’s one more great idea to build a family bond. Here is my only suggestion, start by making cookies and then graduate to the other stuff☺.
Cooking can sometimes be considered a chore, but it can also be an activity for the whole family which improves relationships. Whether you decide to cook your grandma’s famous recipe or a new recipe found on cooking sites like Beginner Food, the time spent together making the meal can be just as important as the dinner table conversations that happen while eating together.
Cooking is a Way to Spend Time With Family
Scheduling a cooking activity with the family means you will get to spend quality time with them. And needless to say, a lot of good things happen in a few hours that you are with them in the kitchen. Here are some of the benefits to reap when you spend time with family through cooking:
- Lots of laughter, stories, and feelings
- Everyone gets to take a break from unproductive habits such as excessive use of gadgets
- You get to know your family members more
- You can learn something new together
Cooking is an All-in-One Form of Nurturing for Children
Everything that a child sees and experiences has an impact on his development and behavior. That is why parents should provide the best form of nurturing to their young ones all the time. Parents should be a good example, but they should also know the elements of proper nurturing.
A cooking activity acquires most elements essential for nurturing a child. Below are some of these:
- Spending time with your children is an essential nurturing element. Making the kids participate in a cooking activity at home is a fine example of quality time because there is a lot of parent-children interaction involved.
- The activity encourages fun and even deep communication.
- Cooking helps encourage children to be more expressive of their feelings and curiosity.
- Cooking also establishes children’s trust and respect to all members of the family.
- The actual experience improves your kids’ coping and problem-solving skills.
- Cooking with kids gives parents the chance to say words of encouragement to their young ones. In return, children feel secured and develop a sense of belongingness.
Activities that promote these nurturing elements, such as cooking, will produce sensitive yet empowered kids in the future.
Cooking is a Way to Healthier and Happier Mealtimes
Eating at home is undoubtedly more intimate and healthier than when you dine out or order food. That is truer when the meals are prepared together by the family.
Children Will Likely Try Vegetables
Kids will be excited to try their cooking, while parents will love the look of amusement on their faces. In many cases, with the idea that they took part in the preparation, children will be more willing to try foods which they would otherwise ignore on normal instances, such as vegetables.
Home-Cooked Meals are Healthier
Foods cooked and served at home use fresh ingredients and do not contain preservatives and artificial flavorings. And eating healthy means improving both physical and mental health.
Cooking Improves the Relationship Between Couples
Cooking does not only improve the bond between parents and their children, but the relationship between the couple, too. For every relationship to grow, quality time is a significant factor.
Cooking with your partner opens the opportunity to show each other care and support as you share tasks in the kitchen. The short moment a couple spends in the kitchen could also be more than enough time to know about how each other’s day went or future plans.
Cooking is one way to improve the bond between family members. It is not only a fine example of quality time, but also a good way to get to know your family more, strengthen parent-children relationships, and develop trust and respect among members in the household.