I've told you before a little about why I love my Mother-in-law in this Healthy Baked Beans post (one of her specialties), but I'll share one thing I didn't mention that makes me love her and Kent's Dad even more…
She and Ron raised their 5 boys on a busy farm, so obviously there were always a lot of chores they needed to do, but that never got them off the hook in the house. They were still expected to help clean and cook. I'm sure they complained like all kids do, but I doubt they thought much about it, because their Dad did these things, too! I just went out to ask Kent more (and he was doing some cleaning actually, and had already started on dinner too — love that guy!), and I was again in awe because his parents were so different from mine. My Dad was very old school so he didn't do any cleaning at all, and rarely did any cooking — I think that was normal for that era. Not Ron, though. (Read more about him here: Eternal Rest Grant Unto Him.) Ron cleaned, and Kent said he often cooked them breakfast, too, to give his Mom a break. Because of this, Kent does SO much around here, it's never been just me doing the cleaning or cooking (or laundry, kids stuff, or anything else), he's always been right here with me, we're a team, like his parents were. Thankfully, that's more common nowadays. I think of how my Mom worked full time AND did all of that stuff herself, and it brings tears to my eyes; I'm so thankful for this gift from my in-laws.
Not only that, but Kent grew up on REAL food, too. He couldn't believe it when we were dating and he saw all the packaged stuff in our kitchen that he'd seen in the commercials. (Mom always cooked homemade dinners, but when she went back to work full time, she relented and got us junk food for lunch and snacks.) He knows now how blessed he was.
I want to raise kids like that for OUR future son- and daughters-in law too!
That's why we're making a definite effort to teach our kids how to cook and to do chores, it's worth the little extra time it takes now, so later they can take care of themselves and their families well. For some of us it doesn't come naturally to teach our kids this stuff, not to mention that there's so much we want to be sure they know, it's not easy to remember it all. So when it comes to cooking real food, my friend, Katie, will help you with ALL of that in this Kids Cook Real Food class, and it'll be a fun way to spend time together!
Sign up ENDS MONDAY
This is your last chance to sign up for the Kids Cook Real Food class so you can teach your kids what REAL food is and HOW to cook it.
It's not just for homeschoolers, although if you do homeschool, it would be a great addition to your curriculum.
Over 30 basic kitchen skills are organized into a logical progression with kid-friendly terminology to understand what we do in the kitchen, so you can do the fun part:
- Spend quality time with your kids
- Train them with life skills without disciplining them
- Create and eat healthy foods together
- Integrate technology and cooking
- Fight back against processed foods trying to take over your family!
Here's what they'll learn:
Click here for the Kids Cook Real Food FAQs and check out the full curriculum map, a table of contents of the recipe eBook, photos of the food, and a new sample lesson plan in PDF.