Kids In The Kitchen and Our Menu Plan

If you follow me on Facebook then you probably know that last week I came down with the cold/virus/whatever nasty bug my kids have all been sick with. I am at least thankful that I came down with it once they were all feeling better.

I am also thankful that it was just a really bad cold, and not a full blown case of the flu, but whatever it was, was the worse cold I have had in years and it has not been fun. I am feeling better, but it made for a long week.

The last few days have made me so thankful that I have trained my kids to help in the kitchen. My two girls have done a lot of work in the kitchen over the last several days.

In fact, I am not doing anything for dinner tonight, my daughter is making us breakfast for dinner, all by herself. I can’t tell you how nice it is to now have that as an option. I do not plan on overworking them by having them do all the work from now on, but it has really helped this last week to know they can do the work if I can’t.

All those years of slowly working with them in the kitchen, and all those times where the “help” was actually more work than help, has finally paid off. And it has made me so thankful that I spent all that time working with them.

So, for you moms that are in the middle of the daily grind of babies, toddlers, sick kids, messy houses, and overwhelming days, it does get easier. Those years end up flying by and some day the kids do start helping clean up the messes, and they start helping with the meals, and all the work you are doing now, will start to pay off.

As I was thinking about this subject the last few days it has me wondering about writing on kids in the kitchen and how to teach them the basics. Is this a series or ebook subject that you would be interested in? If it is something that would interest my readers, I will try to work on something over the next few months.

Now onto the menu plan.


breakfast for dinner (whatever my daughter decides to cook)

bean with bacon soup

cowboy spaghetti, bread, and vegetables



sausage and sauerkraut, and salad

enchilada soup

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures


  1. I am hoping my son loves to cook since he ‘helps’ me now while I cook as a toddler! Maybe it will rub off on him =)

  2. I would be VERY interested in a recurring post and/or ebook. My older 2 like to cook and are starting to make smaller things completely on their own, but I am always unsure the right age for certain things.

  3. I’d be very interested, and if you have any ideas/tips for those of us realizing we should have started earlier and facing tweens/teens who are just not too interested at this point that would be even better!!

  4. Definitely interested in a recurring post and/or ebook on kids in the kitchen and teaching them the basics! I have younger children and sometimes not quite sure where to start or what is reasonable in expectations. Glad you are feeling better and will be praying God fully restores you this week! Thank you!

  5. I’m so glad that your kiddos were able to help you out in the kitchen, and I hope that you’re feeling better this morning!

  6. I love the idea of a kids in the kitchen series! My kids help me in the kitchen all the time.

  7. I would be interested in it. I want teach my kids to cook.

  8. I’d be interested in that ebook. I am in the midst of toddler & baby and overwhelming messy days now but I love to cook and my toddler loves to bake with me. I look forward to many years in the kitchen together.

  9. I would love either a book or a section on cooking with kids. I have 2 boys who I am working on teaching to cook, and I am never sure what I can have them do at their ages that will be “safe” for them….ie knives, oven, etc. Any guidance on what worked for you would be great!

  10. Being a Mom who has grown children who have almost grown children, I would encourage you to include information on teaching kids to cook.
    I have two girls and a boy. It is natural to teach girls to cook, but boys need to learn, too. My son learned to cook; and, as it turns out, is still single at 40+ and diabetic, so it has been very valuable to him to be able to do so. Our high school seniors must do a senior project, and one of my grandaughters chose a cooking project of preserving family recipes which she named after me since I had helped her learn to cook.

    People used to ask me how I managed to get my kids to cook when they were teens, and my answer was that I started them when they were young and interested in cooking and when they were more work than help. Like Lynn this paid off when they were older, and it was so worth the time and effort that I had put in.

    One thing you might do with kids that are already older is to encourage them to learn to make any dishes that they particularly like.

  11. Colleen says:

    I would love to see additional posts / e-book that have to do with kids in the kitchen. Sharing and teaching cooking skills to children is so important.

  12. Lynette says:

    E-book about how you got your kids into cooking would be great! Love reading all kinds of those things, but most of the information out there is the same generic stuff (just stating that you should start them, and start them young!) Different and interesting tips would be great! How old are your girls now? I have my oldest who is 8 and she has “helped” out at various times, and still does like to help sometimes, but I’m affraid that even though she loved to help as a toddler she has fallen out of wanting to help as much. I would love to know how to eventually get her to the place where she could cover meals, and as a teenager even cook regularly!

    • @Lynette, I am definitely considering a series and possible ebook on this subject for later this spring. My girls are 10 and 13, so they are more at an age where they are responsible enough to do some cooking on their own. Keeping their interest in cooking can be hard, and I hope to incorporate some of those ideas into the Cooking With Kids series I do. Thank you for your thoughts on the subject.

  13. The enchilada soup looks GOOD! I always just buy soup in a can but I think I may try to make it next week.

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