Have you heard of the 5 love languages? Nestlé for Healthier Kids shares with us how to express ours by “Nurturing together, add a little goodness” with our little ones.
There are five ways people like to experience and give love. Among these are words of affirmation, physical touch, quality time, receiving gifts, and serving one another. Cooking dinner with and for your family is a huge act of love in all its forms. By getting everyone involved in the process, we can show and receive love in many ways. We also can teach kids and those around us what it looks like to love well.
Squeezing in some quality time
Taking over the kitchen with your little one is an excellent way to bond because sometimes it’s just about sharing the same space with those you love. Remember to put down that phone (unless if it’s to take a selfie), make eye contact and actively listen to show that you are present and focused on the moment. And don’t worry when things get messy, you can always bond over a fun bathtime afterwards.
The power of touch
Kids learn by touching, tasting, seeing, feeling, and listening, and cooking is one of the ways you can engage all senses. The process of preparing food is a sensory experience that can be a learning moment for kids so by holding and kneading together you are showing affection through your hands.
A thoughtful gift really does count
Cooking with children is a gift that keeps on giving. To add that sentimental value, why not give the gift of a treasured family recipe. Remember it’s more about how it makes them feel loved to get the family value.
Acts of service
Everyone feels loved and appreciated when people do nice things for them, and kids are no different. Whether it’s letting them help with making the table or sorting cutlery, little acts of service go straight to their heart. Allowing them to be part of the cooking process is one way to make them feel involved. Nestlé has created the Nestlé for Healthier Kids platform where caregivers can learn how to get children involved in the kitchen from a young age.
Affirming a job well done
As your little sous chef navigates their way around the kitchen, it is important that they know that their efforts are appreciated. That reassuring hug and high five can go a long way when trying to turn peas and carrots from foe to friends. Kind words and encouragement will always lift a frown into a smile.
Some fun in the kitchen will often mean messy hands, extra cleaning-up, a burned meal and an added dose of patience to answer the countless questions, but that ‘thank you, that was delicious’ as a nod of approval makes it all worth it and shows that love that is needed in the kitchen. Don’t waste time show and express love to your little ones and get them involved from a young age.
For more tips on how to have fun in the kitchen with your little sous chef visit, www.n4hk-esar.com.