We watch TV. Sometimes it’s the only thing we can do to just seriously relax. And I’m ok with that.
Over the past few weeks we started to watch various cooking shows, but mainly those that feature, kids, tweens and teens. And I’m glad we did.
My kids are inspired, motivated and curious.
This past weekend after watching an episode of Chopped Junior, my 9 and 10 year old pulled out my toddlers tiny toy grill and basket of play food. They created their own plastic version of the TV show, and I was surprised how much fun they had.
After I while I decided, “If you write down what you would have on the menu, we can choose one thing for each of you to cook for dinner tonight.”
So they both created their own menus and their eyes lit up. I didn’t have ingredients for everything they wanted, but I had what it took to make potato wedges and boneless buffalo wings. The key to it all was that I had to step back and let them do it.
I’m glad I did. The potato wedges tasted amazing! The chicken wings were spicy, but awesome! And my kids were happy. That night I thought to myself…maybe I should sign them up for a cooking class – yeah that’s what I will do.
As I drove to work the next morning I realized that was all wrong. My kids don’t need (or want) to take a cooking class. All they want (and need) is to be in the kitchen with me learning to cook together.
I’m thankful they want to learn how to cook from me. I won’t lie, I am praying this will be an amazing experience that will help shape them into wonderful men, husbands and fathers.