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A Four Year Old Made My Lunch

By Katharine Branham -

Teaching your children to cook at an early age is beneficial in their learning of procedures. I started my food experiment one afternoon with my four year old.

It began with turning to him at lunch and asking what he was going to make for us. He sat for a moment, and then went to work in the kitchen. As I pretended not to watch, I was mindful to insure he wouldn’t hurt himself. Then when he had completed the meal, he set the table and carefully carried out the food. I turned my back as if not to notice he was ready then turned when he called me. He guided me to the table and pulled out my chair. I unfolded the napkin in my lap and smiled. In front of me on a large plate all alone sat a turkey sandwich. Next to the plate was a cup of applesauce and a box juice. He could see the approval in my face and said ‘if you finish all your lunch you can have a cookie’. He had the biggest smile during lunch and afterward. I raved about the great lunch served to me that day.


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