Stone Soup for Five: Keeping It Simple--teaching cooking

Keeping It Simple--teaching cooking

For years, I have fought with the guilt that I need to be teaching my boys more cooking and how to clean up and put leftovers away properly.  (As in, do not use the BIGGEST bowl to put a half a cup of rice into... and things like that.)

Sometimes I'll get all in a knot about it and jump into it.

I've made charts.
Cleaning and Cooking plans.

And each time I fail.

It's too much.
Too fast.
and easier to just do it myself.

And as I was having lunch with a friend and complaining to her that I just can't seem to figure it out, she told me about a friend of hers with eight children who does it differently.

She has ONE child, 
cook ONE meal,
ONE day a week,
for ONE month.

THAT I can do.

So for January my oldest son will be cooking tacos.  Every Monday, he'll cook the same meal and help with clean up, put away, and dishes.

February will be my middle son, making Oven Baked Chicken on Monday nights.
March will be my youngest, making pizza on Friday nights.

  ONE meal,  ONE  day,  ONE  month.

Doing it this way, by the end of the year, each of my three boys will know how to cook and clean up FOUR different meals, EACH!

THIS, I can do.


  1. I love this.
    I can do.
    Miss you WW.

  2. I have felt guilty about not teaching my girls to cook too but this is a brilliant idea! I came across your blog on Pinterest and have enjoyed all the post I have read so far


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