A Child Needs To Grow Up With Cooking Skills In Order To Learn To Eat Healthily.
I didn’t get many opportunities as a child to learn to cook healthy meals with my parents. My mum would sometimes allow me to make sandwiches, though most of the family meals were provided by her alone. I don’t think my mum was neglecting me, only that she loved cooking and maybe wasn’t aware of how important it was for us as children to learn to cook at home.
Before you complain and say it is a parent’s responsibility to teach their children to cook; I want to add that while you are right, there are also many parents out there from generations after you who have never been taught to cook appropriate healthy meals themselves. In our generation in the U.K. domestic science is seen as an option, rather than an important core subject in many schools.
I feel greatful that back in the 80’s and 90’s, my schools saw domestic science as an important subject for children to learn.
My domestic science teacher took her job seriously, and she understood the importance of teaching us to cook.
As an adult I struggled with many different tasks when it came to childcare, but thanks to the lessons I had at school, cooking basic, healthy meals for my children wasn’t one of them.
At school in domestic science, I was taught these things which are important skills throughout life, and all children should be taught them.
- Healthy versus unhealthy food.
- Types of food
- Qauntity and qaulity of food
- Food and kitchen hygeine
- Measuring liquids and ingredients
- Creative salads
- Why it is important to recognise unhealthy foods
- How to eat healthily
- Unhealthy items such as additives, saturated fats, etc and why they should be limited.
- Ways with fruit and veg