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It’s A Life Skill Not A Wife Skill

March 18, 2012 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian

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My parents met 45 years ago in a small community on Northern Vancouver Island. My dad had gone there to log and been injured on the job. My mom went there to spend the summer with a girlfriend. They both ended up working in a diner where my dad was the cook and my mom was a server. This is how that summer went:

Her: "I have one order for veal parmesan, side mashed potato; rib eye - medium, baked potato with the works; and a cheeseburger and fries."

Him: “What does veal parmesan look like?”

My dad had bent the truth (rather a lot) about his culinary skills to get the job and so it fell to my mom to describe the menu item and dad would then try to make something that vaguely resembled her description.

To be fair, my dad grew up in a time when most domestic duties fell to women. If you need advice about lawn maintenance, someone to proof an English paper or to learn de-escalation techniques, my dad's your guy. He was just never taught how to cook when he was young and because my mom is a really good cook, he never had to learn. (But he does a mean job of the ironing!)

In my generation, cooking is a life skill everyone should have. Studies have even shown that kids who start in the kitchen when they are young, enjoy more long-term positive associations around cooking and eating and better overall physical health as they grow up. Depending on the age of your child, they can participate in different ways.

BetterTogether BC is a website that promotes a hands on approach to family, food and fun. To get kids in the kitchen over Spring Break, parents and kids are invited to enter the Kids Take the Kitchen!

Spring Break Photo Recipe Contest until March 25th, 2012. This is an opportunity to submit a kid-friendly recipe along with picture(s) that show kids involved in the process. The winner will be chosen in early April. What a great way to get kids excited about cooking!

How have you involved your kids in the kitchen?

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