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9 Things That Happen When You Let Your Kids In The Kitchen

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Cooking with kids is a great way to teach them basic skills and the fundamentals of healthy eating, but it’s also a chance for them to get a little crazy. Kids don’t adhere to the usual kitchen rules, mostly because they have no idea what they are, and it can be challenging to reign in their excitement. I love cooking with my three-year-old and I’m always impressed by how much knowledge she picks up each time, but I’d be lying if I said she didn’t sometimes drive me up the wall. Here are nine things that happen whenever a kid gets into the kitchen with you:

1. 20 questions, multiplied by 1000.

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They want to know everything. What’s that for? Why are you doing that? Where does that go? Can I do that? Is it done yet? It’s kind of like hosting your own cooking show in front of a live studio audience that gets to scream at you and run through your legs.

2. Fingers in everything.

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Be prepared to wash their hands a million times and for the love of Betty Crocker, don’t let them put licked fingers back into the batter. Ugh.

3. Flour, sugar, or seasonings everywhere.

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It’s kitchen glitter! My daughter loves to take pinches of whatever we’re using, throw it into the air, and call it pixie dust. It’s adorable, or at least it would be if I didn’t have to clean it up.

4. Spills. Need I say more?

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No matter how careful you are, something will get knocked over. Things will slosh out of bowls. Drips and slips are bound to happen. It’s the nature of cooking with tiny humans. Best to just relax and let it roll.

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