February 25, 2016 4:15 am
Data from a recently released study show that “togetherness” grows when families prepare meals together, harkening back to the “heart of the home” adage most often associated with the kitchen. Nearly all parents cited in the study (93 percent) report their child helps them with cooking, and over three-in-four (76 percent) report their child helps them cook at least a few times a week.
In what ways do children reap the benefits of shared mealtime? According to the study, children who assist with food preparation and sit down at the dinner table with their families are apt to:
Actively participate – Four in 10 parents in the study report that children are more engaged in conversations at the dinner table, and 39 percent report their children are likely to stay longer at the table.
Feel accomplished – Sixty-eight percent of parents in the study report their children are proud about the meal they’ve helped prepare; 64 percent report their children are excited about the meal they’ve helped prepare.
Feel more confident – More than half of parents in the study report a boost of confidence in their children when the child assists with cooking. Additionally, 63 percent of parents say their child learns responsibility, 47 percent say their child’s focus improves, and 42 percent say their children become better communicators.
Share responsibilities – Children also develop a sense of shared duty when assisting in the kitchen. According to the study, some of the most common tasks children are responsible for include stirring, rising, measuring and cleaning up.
Try new foods – Half of parents cited in the study agree that when their children help cook, they are likely to try new food, as well as finish the meal.
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