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Last week, I stumbled across an amazing website that I wanted to share with you.

A mother of 4 in the US has created online healthy cooking classes for kids that are really simple to follow and give children from toddlers through to teens more confidence in the kitchen. Kids Cook Real Food has a wealth of articles, recipes and ideas to get kids into cooking.

Here are a couple of links to some of my favourite articles on the site, which should prove very useful over the holidays:

20 Healthy recipes that kids can make by themselves for those of you whose children are ALWAYS asking you what’s for dinner.

Free ebook full of healthy snacks kids can make which will help with the constant refrain “Mum can I have a snack”.

I have always spoken to parents about the importance of teaching their children to be independent from a young age. This year, families have spent more time at home than ever before, which provides the perfect opportunity to encourage kids to help out in the kitchen and raise adults who can cook.

As Wendy Mogul in her book ‘The Blessing of a Skinned Knee’ quotes from 2 psychologists “Humans are the only creatures that devote energy to making their offspring happy. The rest of the animal kingdom is devoted to fostering competence to survive in the world.”

Activities like cooking are not extra-curricular activities – they are the basics.

Happy cooking!