At least one night per week, let your kids plan the meal. This is a great opportunity to show them what every meal should consist of in order to keep their diets balanced and healthy.
Look at the recipe and decide what tasks are suitable for children. While you certainly do not want small children cutting vegetables, for example, they can help stir and mix a variety of foods.
Make dinner preparation time a fun game for the whole family to enjoy. One fun way to involve the kids is to play restaurant, giving each member of the family an official job title so that everyone has a role to play. This is especially fun when making foods like pizza that involve interactive steps.
Keep an open mind when it comes to dinner dishes. While you may have grown up with a certain meal composition, your kids may feel more compelled to participate in dinner prep if you shy away from preparing the same old meal every night.
Bringing your kids with you when you shop gives them an opportunity to see what goes into making the meal and often makes them want to help in the preparation of the final product.
For more tips on kids in the kitchen, check this out:
How to teach kids kitchen skills
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