Consider this: now is not the time for dinners of any kind. Instead, people are staying home, enjoying meals with their own nuclear families, and looking forward to the recovery period on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which the world is currently engulfed. As billions of people around the world face mandatory refuge-in-place claims due to what this writer calls The COVID-19 effect, family-oriented dinners – and breakfasts and lunches – are on the rise. This is a positive effect of a bad set of circumstances, as we will see later. My mother used to say, “When they’ve given you lemons to live on, make lemonade!” This axiom can be used literally and figuratively in this regard thanks to circumstances that require the preparation of meals at home.
I wrote a book some time ago titled Kids in the kitchen, which extols the virtue of families finding common ground in the kitchen, of all places, to help cement the bonds of “unity within and between family units”, saying invite as many people as possible and always we can receive the stranger in our home are vestiges, it seems, of a bygone era, and let’s face it, that’s not something we can do now. But I suggest that my dispute is valid for those of us who are stuck at home and want to keep home fires burning and the family unit intact. What happened to the good old days? You know, the days of having home cooked meals with your loved ones and a good conversation. Today’s fast-paced world has almost turned the kitchen as a family event into a relic of the past. You may be wondering: Who has time to cook when everyone is worried about what will happen next in the pandemic crisis? This writer says, “Take it to the kitchen!” The ray of light in the cloud can reveal the following 6 benefits, which can give you, the reader, a change of mind.
Bring the classroom home
Learning is something that should be promoted at all times, even when not in school. Cooking as a family is perhaps one of the easiest (and tastiest) ways to do this. Turn each cake or pie into a math problem with a delicious prize by working on division and fractions. All subjects can be taught in the kitchen. Improving English or learning foreign languages can be taught through common phrases and ingredients. Social Studies is a practical subject that is very easy and fun to integrate: having a cultural dinner once a week to teach about different countries, ethnic groups or traditions (Also the premise of my previously published book Children in the kitchen; Amazon.com.)
Promote a healthy life
In a country ravaged by obesity, parents must remain at the forefront of their children’s health care. Furthermore, promoting healthy eating for children may just be the impetus parents need to eat healthier. Preparing food at home takes longer than fast food and microwave options, and this lack of instant gratification slows down junk food. When a family cooks together, a support system is automatically established for those who struggle with snacking and poor food choices. An added benefit of family cooking is that children with food allergies can be catered for and the child can regain some control over their situation.
Carry on the tradition
Passing things on from one generation to another has become a thing of the past. Families that cook together can continue old recipes and promote family pride while building better relationships with grandparents or extended family. Don’t have family recipes? Without worries! You can create new ones with children. Having something to pass on creates a feeling of pride and anticipation for a productive future. The tradition of storytelling surrounding those recipes is also great to pass on.
Sometimes young people just need a chance to see how great they really are. Cooking as a family can help strengthen a person from the inside out. Children can gain self-confidence and pride when they reach cooking goals, such as meeting deadlines and receiving praise for new recipes. Creativity, working well with others, and organization are also skills that can be acquired through family cooking.
Family cooking is one of the best ways to build relationships. Talking with children, especially teenagers, can be difficult. Doing activities in an informal setting, such as the kitchen, while talking can help reduce the discomfort and stress that some conversations cause. Everyone loves and needs to eat, so neutral territory can ease tensions. Also, parents can more quickly realize when things are going wrong. It can be difficult to tell when something is wrong with a child who is allowed to spend dinner and all their free time in a private space. When the family kitchen is set up, outdoor interactions are normal and red flags will go up faster when that stops suddenly. Tip for kids: Always put Dad’s TV remote control where you found it!
Healthier Marriage / Relationships
Yes really. A marriage, especially one with remnants of a mixed family, has so many factors and sometimes complex problems that, to some extent, an activity as simple as family cooking may not seem like a solution. However, it makes perfect sense when you think about it. Family cooking saves money, time, and sanity. The money saved can be spent on tuition, an extra car, or home repairs that were causing stress. Spent over a period of time, the money saved can be used to bond with your spouse instead of cleaning the dishes yourself. The more sanity you have will help de-stress your life, and who doesn’t need less specific stress for the problems presented The COVID-19 effect? No one knows for sure what will happen to the cusp of the coronavirus, but this writer is confident that making family meals as a unit, including children, whenever possible, is important because you are attending to the needs of others, even if children you’re helping are starting to look very irritating because you’ve been putting up with them for the past six weeks. If it makes you feel better; Just know that this writer’s family is no exception that proves the rule! By the way son; where is my remote control