Creating traditions is important for a family, especially in today’s busy go-go-go lifestyle. Simple things like a movie or game night can bring the family together in the same room at the same time. Weekly family nights are great for checking in and creating memories. Another wonderful suggestion for a family focused activity is cooking together.
Even if you are not a chef, making a meal together is a great way to bring the family together. Making something in the kitchen can be cooking a full meal or baking cookies. Coming together and doing an activity is what is most important. Sharing recipes that have been handed down in your family makes these moments even more special. Making grandma’s lasagna or an aunt’s famous oatmeal cookies is a nice way to keep memories alive.
Today’s kitchen designs are great for family cooking nights. The kitchen countertops–the island–can be a great prep area as well as a place to sit and watch the action. Gathering everyone together in the kitchen to eat the meal or sweets extends the togetherness.
For little kids, they can help with prep or dough making. If you are making something messy, you might want to put down something like a drop cloth or plastic to protect the kitchen floor. If messes do occur, wipe them up before they set to avoid stains.
Once a week or once a month, a family cooking night can a shared event that everyone looks forward to. Making your own tacos or pizzas is a good place to start for the non-chefs.