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Family 411: Kids can learn life lessons in the kitchen

Kids can learn life lessons in the kitchen (WSYX)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKRC) - There are many important lessons for children when they begin helping in the kitchen. They learns skills that when practiced early could last a lifetime.

Twice a year, mom and dad get a little break from the kitchen. At 11 and 15 years old, Conner and Carter Bjornson are in charge of dinner for an entire week. "When we grow up, like in college, and we don't have them, you know how long to do it when to cook it when we go off on our own we know it's not just our wife cooking."

On this night, the boys serve up salad, spaghetti and garlic bread.

Dietitian Jenalee Richner says cooking at home helps children make better food choices. "If you're cooking healthy at home and they know that every meal should have a vegetable a fruit whole grains that's just their new normal about what's on their plate."

Richner says cooking as a family is not just about what's on the menu.

"We live in a society where everything's just rush, rush, rush so when they're cooking together they're spending more time together."

Conner and Carter's mom doesn't stray far from the stove, adding a dash of advice when needed.

As the Bjornson boys develop life skills and their palettes, "you'll learn a lot more about what your kid likes and what they don't like as you go."

Building confidence in the kitchen, one helping at a time. "Once you get the hang of it, you sort of know when something's done."

When at the grocery store with your children, Richner recommends shopping the periphery and choosing lean meats. Also spend at lot of time in the produce section. She says she doesn't believe any food should be forbidden, like ice cream, as long as it's in moderation.

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