By Allyza Quirante
Cooking is an essential life skill that can help kids become more confident and independent. This is the same perspective mommy Bettinna Carlos shares with her daughter Gummy. Donned in their aprons, the mother-daughter duo showed their love for cooking as they participated in the Cheez Whiz “Cheeseventions” workshop. This is a familiar sight to see, since Gummy would often act as a helping hand in the kitchen when Bettinna bakes for her customers.
Here are a few tips from Bettinna to keep in mind when cooking with the kids:
Baking is a safer way to start with kids than cooking because there is no open flame. With baking, you can mix with the kids, put everything in a pan, and then pop it in the oven. They don’t need to touch it.
Children are messy by nature, we should just allow them. If they’re messy, so be it. They need to learn, they need to use their hands, and they need to use their imagination. I would suggest moms to just let kids be kids and let them explore. Our jobs as moms is to let our children go and discover their interests, not to stop them. We’re supposed to guide them.
Baking has math, and it teaches the discipline of being precise. The same goes for reading, because you read the recipe to your child. It covers a lot of subjects.
Track your progress
Gummy’s first job was pouring milk. Eventually, she graduated to whisking some ingredients. Recently, she mastered cracking eggs and now she can do it perfectly without shells. So, you see how these are skills that your child learns.