I’m working on a series of posts over at Cozi’s Live Simply called Helping Kids Help Themselves, and the first in the series is about 10 snacks that kids can make themselves:
When I moved out of my parent’s house (which happened to be the day I got married at 20 years old), I didn’t even know how to fry an egg. It wasn’t that my momma had been neglectful. Rather, she’d devoted most of her time to taking care of us rather than teaching us to do it ourselves (and in her defense, I don’t think cooking would have come naturally for me no matter how early she’d started teaching me!)
Because of that experience and my experience in a Montessori school growing up, teaching my kids to be independent and self-sufficient is an important part of my parenting philosophy. I’ve always believed that if we get kids involved at a young age–when they’re eager to do anything and everything that mommy and daddy are doing anyway–they’ll learn the skills they need without all of the complaints that you might expect from a teenager who is required to do chores.
And now, back to our first tip: Healthy snacks that kids can make on their own!
We’ve all seen the prepackaged cheese and meat snacks or bags of “fruit” snacks, but what about snacks that are nutritious, delicious and easy enough for little ones to prepare?