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Enrolling your kids in cooking classes is a great way to help them develop healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime. Cooking classes for kids come in a variety of forms, including those focused on a vegetarian diet.
Consider these points before signing up your child:
1. Look for classes through local organizations – Many organizations in your area, such as the YMCA or churches, may offer the chance for tots to learn to cook with vegetarian foods. You can ask around town or do some research online.
2. Make sure the class is interesting – Kids have a much shorter attention span than adults do. Very likely, while food and cooking may be your passion, it may not yet be theirs. Therefore, make sure that the class remains interesting and entertaining to your children so that they want to return.
3. Decide if you want to be involved – Some classes may require adult supervision or involvement. Others don't. Talk with your child to figure out if they want you in the class. If they do, make the time to attend each and every session.
4. Check for safety – While safety is a top priority in any cooking class, it's all the more imperative that children remain safe when handling certain equipment like sharp utensils or fire. Visit the class yourself to see that safety regulations are enforced, like first aid kits.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|