Children. They are like sponges. They soak up everything we do, hear everything we say, and mimic every move we make.
How wonderful to still be so innocent and curious, eh? They look to US for the answers! We get to set examples and educate them through our choices, words and actions.
No pressure. You got this. WE got this!
For me, personally, children are one of the driving forces behind my work as a health coach. No, I’m not a mom.
But, “I believe the children are the future… teach them well, and let them lead the way!”
It takes effort and love from the whole village to help lead us to a healthier and stronger future. They deserve the very best education we can give them. I work with my clients by educating them not just on their own bio-individual needs, but also by helping them implement good eating habits and routines in their homes so that their kids can benefit, grow and thrive as well.
I’m a huge believer of bringing kids of all ages into the kitchen with us. Here are 4 reasons why:
- It’s a great place to talk about health and healthy food. The kitchen is probably the most used room in the house. It’s the heart of the home, where everyone gathers and comes together. It’s inviting, comforting and usually filled with goodies. It’s naturally where most of the talking happens. A perfect place to discuss nutrition, eating habits and learn about new foods.
- Children who grow their own veggies or help cook their own food become children who taste and usually eat their food! If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me to help them get their kids to eat their veggies… HA! Kids have their own taste buds and texture likes and dislikes, and they certainly won’t like everything, no doubt… but I guarantee you if they are involved in the growing, prepping and/or cooking part they will be more inclined to at least try something new. There is great reward in being able to eat what you grow, prepare and cook. Their taste buds will develop and be programmed to enjoy real whole foods rich in nutrients, good fats, and flavor. Allow it to be fun!
- Cooking is a vital life skill! We have to feed ourselves to survive! Learning how to make a meal from scratch empowers them to appreciate the value of food. Preparing a meal builds confidence and gives them a sense of pride as they learn to feed themselves and others with fresh nutritious food. That will stay with them as they become adults. As an adult, I get so much pleasure from being able to prepare a meal for someone I care about. It’s always appreciated and sharing a meal is one of the best ways to keep us all connected.
- (My favorite) It’s togetherness time for a family. What’s better than that?! I have the greatest memories from being in the kitchen as a little kid with my grandma and mom. Its where I learned about my mom’s Armenian heritage. And when my other grandma was in the kitchen with me from the other side, I learned about my Jewish heritage and how to make a seder. I was 5 or 6 years old and I can still hear the conversations from back then. There was always storytelling and tons of laughter. To this day, spending time in the kitchen with my mom is my most favorite thing to do.
You can spend all the money in the world on trips to lavish theme parks, or on the latest toy trends or on outside day care, but at the end of the day, I believe the best money is spent on quality food, the best education comes from what we lead with by example, and the best memories are made in our homes and kitchens… together.
Cheers to children and our future.