It has been said that art of cooking in the home, passing of recipes from one generation to the next, is becoming a lost art. However, the benefits of cooking with your kids are well worth the effort.

According to Susan Moores, MS, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, there are several amazing long and short term benefits: It encourages kids to try healthy foods. Kids feel like they are accomplishing something and contributing to the family. Kids are more likely to sit down to a family meal when they helped prepare it. Parents get to spend quality time with their kids.

Kids aren't spending time in front of the TV or computer while they're cooking Kids generally aren't eating junk food when they're cooking a meal at home. Learning to cook is a skill your children can use for the rest of their lives. Kids who learn to eat well may be more likely to eat healthfully as adults. Positive cooking experiences can help build self-confidence.

So, get out those pots and pans and explore the magic of cooking, baking and confectionery art!

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