Friday, November 14, 2008

Ask Mary: Time Crunch Cooking with Kids

My kids love to cook, but when I get home I am tired and all I want to do is get dinner on the table as fast as I can. This usually doesn’t allow time for my four-year-old to help out. How can we both win?
Thanks, Judy

Dear Judy,
I was a private chef and a nanny for a long time, and trust me, I understand about children wanting to help out. I think the best thing for you to do is find something easy that they can do every night for themselves, like making carrots and dipping sauce. That way they can help without stressing you out too much. Then, when you have more time, like on a Sunday, plan for them to help you do some more complicated tasks. For example, separating broccoli, or peeling carrots, etc., can be really fun tasks for kids to try. Good luck Judy!

Happy Cooking! Mary