Cooking Lessons with Love (and Spills)

October 28, 2008

By Mark Bishop, Deputy Director

In the continuing saga of trying to raise a healthy eater, my two-year-old, Henry, and I have started cooking together. It’s been a fun process of sharing, making messes and eating -– but I couldn’t be happier with the results.

The other day Henry and I sat on the ground and put together the ingredients to make oatmeal. It was great to watch his natural curiosity as he inspected the raisins and dumped in the “crunchy almonds,” and his excitement as he got to take his own “baby-sized apples” from my bowl of diced ingredients.

My wife videotaped us making some soup.

My favorite part is when he takes a big whiff of the diced garlic and says, “I like it!” I couldn’t smile any bigger. 

Food is fun, and teaching healthy eating can and should be a natural part of interactions with our kids. Just expect a slight mess.