Getting your children involved in shopping, preparing and cooking meals at home helps them to develop healthy eating habits from a young age. Involving children in the cooking process also encourages an interest and enjoyment in food, helping to overcome fussy eating habits. It can be as simple as asking them to pick a vegetable that they like the look of in the supermarket. Cooking with children also has the added benefit of aiding in the development of essential skills such as reading, following directions, measuring and fine motor skills.
With busy lifestyles, the practicality of having children in the kitchen can make this a challenge. However, taking the time to involve children in at least one components of the meal prep can help them feel involved and spark their interest in food. This is vital for development of adult life skills, independence, and to minimise fussy eating in children, so get cooking!