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Teach Kids Life Lessons ... in the Kitchen!

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Entertain your kids and turn them into little kitchen helpers, all in one!

Chef Nikki Shaw: Anyone who knows me knows that I'm constantly in search of great food, fun, and adventure! My kids share my same passion. Teaching children how to be independent in the kitchen is a very valuable life lesson. I want to make sure they know that if life hands you lemons, make lemonade!

kids making food in the kitchen

Before you get started on your culinary adventure, wrap your mind around the fact that there will be a major mess when it's all over. We still have remnants of chocolate cake batter splattered on the ceiling from our last episode of "electric mixer gone wild." Start kids with easy cold dishes like salads: tuna, pasta, and mixed greens. This will teach them knife skills by chopping fresh vegetables, measuring, and stirring.

When they graduate to the stove, start them off by making hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, and scrambled eggs. Give them a small spatula to make maneuvering easy. Now only half of the scrambled eggs will end up flipped out of the pan and into the fire.

"NIK TIP": Keep a close eye on those sweet little fingers. Have antibiotic ointment and bandages nearby. Burns from a hot oven and cuts from a sharp knife are inevitable. It's all part of the process, so remember to stay calm and they will too.

In this bitter economy, I'll show you how to make life sweet right at home.

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ramona May 19, 2009, 11:21 AM

I couldn’t agree with you more, in this day and age children need to know resilience; something I think that parents and schools have been moving awayfrom. We have been trying to be so politically correct by including everyone all the time we forget that in real life all of us are not chosen all the time and when we fall we have to get back up and dust ourselves off.

Elizabeth March 31, 2011, 3:55 PM

You have to make sure your kitchen is in tip top shape for your kids to help you out in. I have always had my kids interested in helping out mom in the kitchen, but I have to put the sharp things away for the little ones to come in. I recently replaced my broken fridge with Frigidaire parts as well. Everything is good to go for them to help mom make dinner. I love it.

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