Our friend Sara is the gracious guru behind the Go Gingham blog. She and her husband have managed to raise a couple of kids who have a real affinity for cooking and eating healthy, delicious foods (nary a Dorito in sight!), which is no mean feat — so for Earth Month, we asked her to share some of their strategies for teaching their kids to love really good foods. Making every cart count for the Earth is also about making healthy food count for your family. It’s doable, honest. Here’s Sara’s take…
My goal was to teach good food habits to my son and daughter, but I also wanted to teach them how to cook. So I followed some simple principles as consistently as I could from the time they were small. Once the kids became proficient in the kitchen, their knowledge led to something else that I hadn’t bargained for: their gratitude.
Now both my kids cook one night a week — and clean up afterward — which gives me a night off in the kitchen. Not only do they know how to cook wholesome, healthy foods for themselves, they’ve developed an appreciation for my cooking that’s been an added parental pleasure!
Sara Tetreault is the creator of Go Gingham - Stylishly Frugal Living, a great source of inspiring tips, tricks and techniques to save money, resources and time. Find her on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter.