Kids rush back home after evening play and race to the kitchen, “Mom, what’s cooking?” They ask in union. Stomp their feet, make faces, frown and leave after getting an answer “I don’t want to eat this “complains Sparsh, “Me neither “, agrees Anaya.
This is not just a story in my house. I am sure all of you go through this. But what scares me is the attitude towards food which children have. Do they really care about food? The moment you ask them to study, they say “I am hungry “and then what do you do? Give them food and wait for ever for them to finish, soon to realise there is no time left to study.
“We get more choices in school “, they say. Well yes, but this is home. One meal for everyone .And even if you cook them something different, there is no guarantee that their plates will be polished off. Then comes another blow, “Ok, we will eat, only if you allow TV during food time”. What? This is pure blackmail; you and I often fall into this trap. Right?
Why not let them decide the menu? I list down 10 dinner options and ask them to pick and choose and make a menu chart for the week. But this resulted in a fight because they would not agree on most of the options and wanted more junk .Now this was not acceptable to me.
So the meal time issues still remained open. Anaya came running to me with some ingredient requirements for her cooking club classes next day at school. One lemon and 5 mint leaves for lemonade one day. Some puffed rice for bhel puri another day and a slice of cheese and apple on another occasion. ”It’s so yummy , I feel like eating more “ she said in all excitement. The school involves children to make a snack and eat it to in their fireless cooking classes.
This sparks an idea and I have now decided to play master chef at home. Not every day, but once a week on weekends or holidays. Now I am not good at this, but trying to figure out options involving cooking with kids. Will search on the internet for some recipes and begin this cook play from this Saturday.
Please help me with suggestions on this, and I promise to keep you posted on this.
Wish me luck !
Happiness and sunshine 🙂