Holiday Cooking with Kids

Holiday Cooking with Kids

Holiday Cooking with Kids

Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away? There’s no denying it, the holiday cooking season is in full swing. With parents spending more time in the kitchen, keeping the kids entertained is increasingly challenging. Getting children involved with meal preparation and setting the table is a great way to get quality time together as a family, and instill some family traditions. My son started cooking with me from a very early age, and is now quite an accomplished cook himself. I love it when he sends me a text message of a meal he has prepared all by himself.

I just kick-started a new conversation over in the Residence Inn Family Travel Talk Forum, and we’re sharing tips for cooking with kids whether you are cooking at home or traveling this holiday season. The Facebook forum is open to everyone. If you’re not already a member, just request to join.

The Residence Inn Family Travel Talk Forum regularly features tips from 10 family travel expert bloggers from around the country every month, with topics such as traveling with different ages of kids, finding balance in travel, traveling with teens and more. It’s a great place to ask family and travel questions, and connect with other parents with a passion or interest in traveling.

I hope you’ll join this conversation about cooking with kids during the holiday season, and leave a comment on my post in the forum and share your own tips!

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  1. I LOVE cooking with kids … However not sure if I’m brave enough to try it in a hotel! Kudos for you for doing so!

    Happy thanksgiving!

  2. I love cooking with my kids during the holidays, so, so much.

  3. I always enjoyed cooking with the kids when they were younger. Now that they are teens, I don’t get to as much.

  4. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says:

    a good conversation to kickstart. holiday memories are made by children baking and helping in the kitchen

  5. My kids love to help me cook. I try to let them help whenever I can.

  6. This sounds great! Some of my happiest memories were learning to bake, being taught by my older sister. I didn’t realize it at first, but being asked to do the dishes while she mixed and rolled, was how I started “cooking” !! But soon enough I started with pies, cream puffs, and could make a cake without a recipe! It is good to know how to teach, many kids were totally turned off cooking (and sewing) from home ec classes, the teachers were cranky and made it all seem like a chore and bore!

  7. judy gardner says:

    i have spent a lot of time in the kitchen baking and cooking with most of my nephews and nieces. it is great time spent together!

  8. Cooking with kids during the Holidays is a great idea. I will share this article with my mommy friends! I loved making Christmas cookies as a kid.

  9. Adrienne L Rudolph says:

    my older 2 are always trying to help out in the kitchen. thanks for sharing

  10. I love cooking with my daughter.

  11. I enjoy cooking or baking with my son. :)

  12. I have been trying to let go of the control and let the boys into the kitchen more, especially around the holidays.

  13. This is my favorite time of year to cook/bake with my grandsons! They love watching me prepare everything and then they LOVE to do the decorations!

  14. I love cooking with my kids, and now that they are older they are less messy too!

  15. I’m excited to start cooking with my son. He’s only two, so most of it is just about hanging out with mommy and getting messy. But we still have a great time!

  16. I love cooking and baking, and one day I want to bake with my kids if we decide to have any. I think it is a great way to make wonderufl memmories.

  17. I think the only time I am able to get my daughter to cook with me is around holidays or big events! LOL!

  18. I love being able to cook with my daughter! It’s so much fun.

  19. christine reyes says:

    Oh I love cooking, but with kids, I have to prepare for a mess, lol. During the holidays is the best time to have little helpers in the kitchen!

  20. Vicki Van Sipe says:

    Having the kids help with the cooking is a true treat. Making memories with them is the best part.

  21. My kids love to help out and cook in the kitchen. They usually help at least once a week.

  22. I loved cooking with my mom and dad growing up. I wish we could cook together more often. I remember being so messy as a kid!

  23. joanna garcia says:

    my girls love to cook with me and they even help with the clean up they are super excited for Thanksgiving! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

  24. Teresa Honores says:

    that’s cool that Residence Inn has a forum for parents to talk about traveling made easier and cooking with the kids! we love to do this they love to be involved in all the meals!

  25. would love to know more tips. love cooking the the kids and this would be great to have recipes and tips , gets the family together and bonding more

  26. Victoria Kabungulu says:

    I love cooking with my baby sister.

  27. Sandy Cain says:

    Somehow, cooking with kids has never worked out well for me. The food ends up on the floor, one way or another. It must run in the family, because my mom never let me cook with her, either!

  28. Danielle Cordeau says:

    I love baking with m y kids. Some of the best memories. I remember baking with my Mom as well.

  29. This looks so much fun! Best memories made, thanks for sharing!

  30. christina p says:

    My daughter and I love to cook together. She really gets excited when she gets to help!

  31. renee mirsky says:

    It’s a great way to discover and rediscover ways to be creative and a nice break from the virtual world too!

  32. Ashley Busse says:

    I always enjoyed making holiday treats with my mom and grandma! My kids and I made our own cookies from scratch this past Christmas, and boy, was it a lot of MESSY fun!!

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