Cooking Kids

Hope Cooking

In addition to setting the table, clearing and doing the dishes while I read in the evening our kids also often cook something scrumptious with me. At least that is how it starts. They soon graduate to wanting to cook on their own. Will, age 15, has become a master at desserts making fudge, cakes and a large variety of cookies. Good thing I have a high metabolism!

Hope, in the photo above, is cooking one of her ‘secret recipes‘. I know it has salt, flour and peanut butter in it. Other than that I’ll have to wait and see after dinner. Usually she follows a recipe in a book or with us but sometimes she makes it up as she goes along. Sometimes these creative endevors of hers come out surprisingly good. A few times they’ve been impossible to gag down – even she said so! The big thing though is to encourage her experimenting and learning the love of life. So, with each concoction we grin and nibble with the hope it will be delectable…

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7 Responses to Cooking Kids

  1. She’s absolutely adorable! How was the secret recipe?

  2. Hope is absolutely adorable! And what a wonderful thing it is that you guys encourage the kids to cook. It’s a rare thing nowadays…a lot of my friends who are in their 30’s can’t fry an egg let alone make fudge and bake cakes. I was fortunate in that my parents encouraged me and my brother to cook as kids, and as adults we’ve taken that passion with us. I hope Hope’s next dish will be as delectable as her smile!

  3. karl says:

    i think that cooking is a critical homeschooling activity. how do you answer the question. “what do you do about socialization of you home schooled kids?” my answer changes every time. it fluctuates from glazing over it, to citing the specific negative social activities rampant in the local school system or giving examples of my children’s rich social activities.

  4. Kathie says:

    How adorable! Honestly cooking is an important life skill and having the freedom to cook and understand ingredients is an awesome thing to instill in your kids.

    Really, can anything with peanut butter be bad?

  5. I asked her today about the secret recipe’s ingredients. Hope says it was:

    An egg
    Peanut Butter

    She wasn’t specific on the proportions. They came out pretty well, like short cake and the peanut butter is just a hit – not overly strong as I had feared.

    I suggested we try some of the strawberry syrup she helped me can last summer and she thought that was a “Good Idea!”

    Karl, on the socializing question, we rarely get it. What people do say is they notice how homeschooled children are so well behaved and gracious. It’s true. I think that comes from paying attention and happens with public school children too where the parents pay attention to the kids at home. Perhaps the biggest problem our society faces is the industrialization of childcare and education which has led to an increasing alienation between generations. Much of society’s other problems stem from that root.

    I must agree with you about the negative aspects of school room dynamics. My childhood public schooling experiences convinced me when I was still an adolescent that I would do it differently and homeschool my kids. Consider, if you lock in any creature, from rats to chickens to pigs to people, ten to thirty or more in a box and force feed them you’ll create little monsters. Confinement Education School Operations (CESOs) just don’t compare to naturally pastured free-ranged kids. :)

  6. Holly says:

    I have a couple of thoughts on the home schooling “socialization” question. The first is that it does not make sense to presume that putting one six year old (with six year old social skills) into a room with 30 other six year olds with immature skills will produce a “social” being. Kids need to be around people of all ages. This way they learn from being with and seeing and interacting with people who are socially mature and others who are younger then themselves and need their help. That is a healthy environment to learn how to “socialize.” Our kids actually do not have frequent interactions with other kids, but whenever they do, they understand just how to be kind and considerate. Getting socialized is not an issue for them.

  7. julia says:

    I think it is wonderful that you allow your children the freedom to express their creativity. I wasn’t encouraged to be creative or follow my passions, and I feel I missed out! My mom’s head would have exploded if I had made the smallest mess in her kitchen, so I didn’t start cooking until college. And I don’t really enjoy it.

    Sometimes I wonder what I might be doing right now if I had been given the freedom to explore and discover things I enjoyed. I probably wouldn’t be pulling an all-nighter studying right now… I think I’d be running an equestrian center or something.

    Thanks for the post – It’s made me think about my future children and how I want to raise them!

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