I’ve found that when kids cook, they are more likely to taste new foods and, well, eat dinner! More than once, I’ve watched in dismay as my children refused to eat what I’d prepared. But when they are involved in the cooking, they are invested in the meal.

Why Is it Important for Kids to Learn About Food?

A British study found that if a kid learns to cook from scratch, they will be far more likely to do the same as an adult-and preparing food from scratch is linked to healthier eating. It is an investment in their future.

Which Dish Should Budding Chefs Attempt First?

Whichever type your child loves to eat. If they love mac and cheese or roast chicken, take the cue and empower them to make the foods they love.

How Can Parents Get Their Kids Engaged in the Kitchen?

Choose a day of the week that isn’t overly packed with commitments. Beforehand, spend time with your kids and find a recipe they’d like to try. Make sure you have the ingredients in advance, and when the time comes, be nearby to help or supervise as your children prepare the meal. Parents need to take a step back and let their children have more control in the kitchen-it does so much for their sense of independence.