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Getting Kids Into the Kitchen


kitchen scissors
Small children love to snip herbs,
and scissors are safer.

In talking with families coast to coast, we've heard over and over again that when kids help make the food, they also eat it. Not always but most of the time.

Here's how you can get your kids into the kitchen:

When kids can see and taste meals they have helped make, they get much more satisfaction from them. They may not always like the foods better, but parent after parent has told us that in most cases, the kids enthusiastically eat their dinners and even explore a wider range of foods than they might not try otherwise. All it takes is a little extra time and support from you, and soon your kids will be cutting up in the kitchen—right next to you and your mate. It's fun, it's worthwhile and everyone has something to gain.

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