One of pet peeves is when people say they hate when their kids are in the kitchen and make a huge mess or they hate bringing them to the grocery store. To me it is a learning experience.
So what is a little mess? Teach them to clean up after themselves. Victoria knows that if she makes something she cleans up the counter and puts dishes in the dishwasher or she will hand wash items that do not go in the dishwasher.
She loved to be in the kitchen even before going to cooking classes. She took classes for a few years and even became a Master Chef in 2009. Unfortunately the cooking school closed and I make it a point to encourage her to keep cooking and learning new recipes and kitchen facts.
Today we decided that she could look through her old binders and pick dinner and dessert.
She picked her recipes and then made her shopping list.
Then we headed out to Publix.
She knows how to pick out ripe fruits and veggies.
She also knows to look for what is the best price for items.
And when she does her own shopping, she likes to push the cart.