Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Teach Them Diligently

Kyle and I have been watching this Food Network show that teaches the worst home cooks how to be fabulous home cooks. As it turns out, their family and friends nominate them as the worst cooks. How humbling!
So, the show starts off with each of these culinary dunces explaining why they're so awful in the kitchen. Really it all boils down to one thing: they were never taught. One young lady said:
I'm well-educated. I went to college for four years. I got my degree. But somehow I never learned how to cook.
I thought she summed up the problem very well. How many of us were prepared to write research papers, could type well, knew how to give a presentation, but had no idea how to plan a menu when we married?
(Raising my hand)

As moms, it is our job to teach our children how to cook. Do your children know the names of the vegetables you consistently cook with? Do they know how to use spices and herbs? Do they know how to read a recipe?

It's our privilege to teach our children these things.
Schools prepare children for academics. That's not enough! As moms, we need to prepare our children for life.

1 comment:

MommaofMany said...

Cooking with my children is one of the greatest privileges I have! When they were young, I had each child, in turn, spend one day in the kitchen with me; breakfast, lunch and dinner. They got to cook at least a day each week.

Now, since my biggest Lambies are 15, 14, 13 and 12, they are pretty independent in the kitchen. I love to be able to say, "Can you make lunch, please?" and have it taken care of well.

This summer, my girls will be learning how to make jam. They've seen me do it, but haven't done it themselves from start to finish. These things aren't learned by osmosis!