So one of the many topics of thought for me as I was becoming a mama was knowing that I wanted my daughter to feel that same sense of capability in herself and to know that her parents also had confidence in her abilities. I started shortly after she was born; she was too young for actual cooking, but I wore her while I cooked and narrated everything I did to her. And since she had numerous food allergies at the time WE COOKED A LOT! Once she was confident on her own two legs I bought a learning tower (http://www.mylearningtower.com/) so she could safely stand beside me and help me prepare, cook and clean up.
We spent most of our time connecting as I taught her age-appropriate safety. Some of the things we started out with was washing our hands of germs, washing fruits, vegetables and rice of sediment, safe places to touch a stove and pan, gentle stirring to avoid hot splashes, etc. You will figure it out as you go, being mindful of your child's age, abilities and understanding. Just remember to teach and guide rather than expecting them to know, because without experience and gentle guidance they simply don't know...none of us do! ~ab
|Occasionally I helped from here.|
|Invitation to cook|
|Cracking and beating the eggs|
|Rolling dough for cinnamon rolls|