It's school holidays - yeah! So we all get a break from routine.
We have a deal and part of that is the boys cook dinner. It saves me from the grind of daily, family meals for 2 weeks and teaches them valuable life-skills.
If you have a selective eater cooking is a fabulous way to get them more comfortable around food. Repeatedly handling it, smelling it and preparing it builds a basic comfort level. The more often we see a food, touch a food, smell a food the more likely we are to be able to eat a food.
It's definitely not a magic bullet but all the studies show that having the kids involved in food prep does have an impact on how willing children are to try new things. We have used it super effectively to work with children who are very, very selective.
Go into the cooking with the expectation that it's about exposure rather than eating and it takes the pressure off you and your hesitant eater. If they are willing to try something they've cooked that's a bonus but not the most important part of the cooking experience.
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Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.