Do you ever feel like your daughter and her friends spend a lot of time asking you for snacks…but not a lot of time actually helping out in the kitchen? If so, it may be time to plan a cooking day! Gather up your daughter’s inner circle and encourage them to let their creativity out and invent something. They can either use a recipe or come up with ideas that appeal to them.
By empowering girls to be creative and develop a new healthy snack, they see how freedom leads to innovation. Allowing your daughter and her friends to have a girls’ cooking day can offer an impactful range of benefits such as:
Face-to-face peer engagement: Girls spend a lot of time texting and posting to each other…but not necessarily a lot of time having quality, face-to-face conversations together. Giving them your kitchen for the day allows them to socialize together in a new, positive way.
Planning skills: Allowing them to choose the menu means they’ll have to work together to plan out the ingredients. If you really want to get them involved in the planning process, have them all come with you to the grocery store to purchase what’s on their shopping lists.
Creativity: Nothing says that the girls have to choose existing recipes for their cooking day; let them turn the volume up on their creativity! Encourage them to brainstorm together and create new ideas that they want to try during their time in the kitchen. You never know, they may just create a culinary masterpiece!
Confidence boost: Learning to cook and successfully mastering their recipes can help your daughter and her friends feel capable and competent when trying new things. This confidence boost can reach far beyond your kitchen and prove a life lesson they can carry with them always.
Fun: Most importantly, spending time together in the kitchen is FUN! School days can be stressful; laughing in your kitchen can deliver a much needed boost of good cheer to everyone in the group. Let them crank up some music and sing together while they cook it can only add to their sense of feeling good.
How To Make Their Day In The Kitchen Even More Fun And Memorable
Once you pick the designated day/time for your cooking session, let them decide what they want do. Have them talk through the details so everyone knows what to expect when they step into the kitchen. Will everyone be making their own snack, or do they want to join forces to create one main dish?
They may also want to turn the time together in a friendly competition with an appointed judge selected to choose the best healthy snack. Or, if they want to combine their efforts together with a random act of kindness, they may even opt to bring their finished products to a local homeless shelter or assisted living facility. The options are limitless!
No matter how they use their kitchen time one thing is certain; they will all have a newfound appreciation for the usual chef – you!
Ready To Get Started?
Fast Meals & Quick Snacks: A Cookbook For Teens is a FREE PDF download of recipes and tips that is the perfect reference. Use the recipes as they’re published or simply skim through for ideas on how to make them your own!
How would you encourage your daughter and friends in the kitchen? Would you let them plan the menu? Are there certain dishes you would suggest? Tell us all about it – leave a comment for us below.