Here's my friend Lylah with her son making shepherd's pie. She doesn't use the same recipe I do, but the point is: her-son-is-making-it-and-he-is-using-stuff-he-likes-so-he-will-eat-it-and-not-complain!
The question is: will you eat it? After he's touched it all like that? A mother would, you know. As long as it was your own kid! Check it out:
Now, as gross as it is to have kids touch all that food, at least this kid looks comfortable in the kitchen!
Does your child? Next time he or she wants to help, let them! Don't send them away. They learn by watching you.
My half-brother has been with us for a few days, hanging out while I cooked, and he's learned a lot (he's living on his own now and has to cook for himself). Kids learn that way, too. But they don't learn if we never teach them, or we shoo them out.
So teach kids to cook! Even if it is gross. It won't always be...
About Me: I'm a Christian author of a bunch of books, and a frequent speaker to women's groups and marriage conferences. Best of all, I love homeschooling my daughters, Rebecca and Katie. And I love to knit. Preferably simultaneously.