Modern families have precious little time to spend together, so it’s time to rethink what a “family moment” can be — starting with the kitchen.
Making kids part of meal prep is not only a great bonding experience now, but has lifelong benefits for their wellbeing. And they can start even earlier than you think — “The Real” host and former “Sister, Sister” star Tamera Mowry-Housley already has her son, Aden, lending a hand at the counter, and he's not even 3 years old yet!
“As a parent, the No. 1 thing I want to instill is healthy eating,” she says. “I’ve found that the more we cook together, the more curious he is about food.”
Mowry-Housley was in New York to launch rice brand Uncle Ben’s fourth annual Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest. Kids kindergarten to eighth grade can submit short videos of themselves cooking a rice-based dish with their families for a chance to win $15,000 for a kitchen makeover, plus $30,000 for their school’s cafeteria.
Whether it’s doing the grocery shopping, prepping the ingredients or plating, there’s a role for small hands of all ages. “You’ll be surprised what kids are willing to try when they’re part of the process,” Mowry-Housley says.
We got her tips on the benefits of bringing little ones into the kitchen and making cooking fun for everyone.