Preparing The Kitchen For Your Children

winny soendaroe
Winny Soendaroe A single mom who still loves the culinary world, but doesn't cook to make a living anymore. I'm back in communication & am grateful for the life that I have. The author of "The Success Secrets of A Catering Queen: A-Z Rahasia Sukses Berbisnis Katering."
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I’m not sure if it’s the case for you, but whenever holiday season looms, I start racking my brains on how to fill in my son’s days. As a working mom, my holiday rights are numbered and I can’t always take them when I want to.
Some seasons back, I decided to introduce cooking properly to my son. I figured someday he may go off to another city for college and I wouldn’t want him to be stuck with a “happy meal” all the time, just because his money was running low.

But I had to sell off the idea to my son. It had to be “cool” so I explained to him how cooking is both rewarding and fun… and how much the girls would be VERY impressed knowing a guy who can cook well. :)

Today at 12, he can make his own pancakes, cream mushroom soup, chicken cordon bleu and chocolate mousse. Throw in the nasi goreng and sate ayam in between too. Insya Allah when the time comes for him to leave the nest, he will be food knowledgeably equipped.

If you want to take the same route that I did, the holiday season is the great time to start it. But before all the idea sell off, you will need to prepare your kitchen. The kitchen is not the place for slip-ups, as any and all slip-ups are dangerous. So here are a few things for you to remember to make the time you spend cooking even more enjoyable.

Arrange the inside of your cupboards neatly to prevent the occasional can or box falling out and landing on your child’s head or foot. The last thing you would want is for a glass bottle to fall out and shatter on the floor. Always remind your children to wear closed toe shoes in the kitchen. I can tell you more than one chef who has dropped a sharp knife – pointed end first – onto his toe.

Wear short or long tight-fitting sleeves when cooking. This will prevent your child from draping their clothes into the saucepan or catching on fire. Tight fit long sleeves protect their arms from splattering foodor hot oil and water.

Good kitchen knife is a must, which means it is a sharp nice. So you will need to teach your child to hold it with caution. First, practice with a knife that doesn’t have a pointy edge. Second, grip the knife handle close to the blade for greater control. Last, teach your child to hold the food items like a claw, with his/her fingertips rolled under, to avoid serious cuts.

When chopping or slicing, direct the knife away from your body and don’t ever leave the knife out where the younger brother or sister can reach them.

More fires start in the kitchen than any other place in the house. If you have to leave the kitchen while your child is in there, turn off any lit stove top.

Use the timer on your stove to let you know when the food has finished cooking.

Turn frying pan and saucepan handles to the side when they’re sitting on the stove top so they don’t get hot or get tipped off by an elbow accidentally knocking it down. Keep hot saucepans and dishes away from the edge of the kitchen bench or table.

Don’t use a damp cloth to lift hot casserole dishes or oven trays from the oven because the water in the cloth will turn into steam and can scald your child’s hands. Use dry oven mitts or padded pot holders to remove items from a hot oven, from under the grill or from your microwave oven.

Take care when removing the lid of a container after you take it out of the microwave oven. Always lift the cover so the steam from the heated food is released as far away from your child’s face and hands.

Teach your child never to take a bite from or handle with bare hands, food that has just come out of your microwave oven – it can be deceptively hot.
Unplug any electrical appliance – from a toaster to a blender – from the power point before trying to remove any food that may be caught in it.
All of this doesn’t make your kitchen completely fool proof, but it will decrease unwanted accidents.

The kitchen is the nucleus of many quality talks with your child during the holidays and hopefully give way for your child to see it as a warm place that will initiate good eating habits.


  1. eka
    Eka Wulandari Gobel December 28, 2012 at 7:53 am

    waah bener banget, kalo anak lelaki pinter masak, pasti banyak wanita yg suka. oke juga tipsnya :)
    dan baru tau juga, kalo belajar mengiris/memotong, jari2nya mencengkeram gitu yaa..jadi aman. terima kasih tipsnya ya, mbak winny :)

  2. ninit
    ninit yunita December 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

    i loveee reading your first article mbak winny <3 thank you!
    and the way you sold your idea to your son is so cool! hahaha… i may do the same trick when kid #1 is getting older.

    thank you for the tips… and by the way, your son… he’s gorgeous! :)

  3. sLesTa
    shinta lestari December 28, 2012 at 10:28 am

    ih seruu banget tips2nya mbak winny! will keep in mind buat anak2 saya nanti kalo udah gedean, walopun sekarang udah sering diajak ke dapur, masih lebih banyak ngeberantakinnya daripada beneran bantuin masak heheh..

    kereen ih.. and your son is soo cute, ganteng abis! pasti bakal jadi heartbreaker deh, apalagi jago masak.

  4. Sidta
    Dian Arsita Kurniawati December 28, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    pertama kali lihat artikel ini, langsung terpukau dengan si ganteng pegang pisau :D
    terimakasih atas tipsnya mbak winny

  5. December 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    nice article :)
    Kebetulan anak saya laki-laki semua, akan saya gunakan tips-tipsnya saat dibutuhkan
    setuju dengan para mama.. itu ganteng sekaliiii anaknya :)

  6. Kira Kara
    Bunda Wiwit December 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Artikel dan tipsnya kereen… Koki ciliknya Kereenn… Isi loyangnya itu juga kereeenn.. Thanks For Share Mama Winny :)

  7. winny soendaroe
    Winny Soendaroe December 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Alhamdulillah. Thank you moms :) You’re comments are very much appreciated. Happy Holidays

  8. namila
    namila December 29, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Bu, artikelnya baguuuus.
    Bener banget, liburan waktu yang tepat mengenalkan dapur. Menjelaskan memotong dengan mencengkeram seperti cakar deksripsi yg menarik!
    Kebetulan dua hari yll juga sulung saya (8 th) sdh lulus ceplok telor. Dari menyalakan kompor hingga penyajian. Artikel ini menyemangati saya menambah materi kegiatan masak2 yg lain utk dia belajar.

  9. bundaKinjiro
    bundaKinjiro January 1, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    suka artikelnya bu, makasih ya
    Kebetulan anak saya yg pertama 5,6 th udah seneng pengen ikut2 ke dapur, ikut potong sayur, atau aduk adonan donat
    Tapi saya belum izinkan masuk ke area goreng menggoreng

  10. otty
    Pangastuti Sri Handayani January 3, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Suka banget sama tips2nya, kebetulan Nara (3.5 tahun) juga mulai suka diajak baking (kadang dia yang nagih minta bikin kue) jadi akan segera dipraktekkan. Dan caranya boleh juga tuh, bilang kalo cowo yang jago masak itu cool :D

  11. PasarMinggu
    PasarMinggu January 14, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Artikelnya bagus bunda.
    Salam sejahtera, minta bantuannya. kami sedang mengikuti pelatihan kewirausahaan. Minta waktu kesediannya sebentar untuk mengisi survey kebiasaan belanja bahan segar kebutuhan dapur Salam sukses mulia untuk Anda..

  12. deli life
    Carlis Linna July 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Setujuuuu… kalo anak laki2 suka masak, biasanya banyak yang suka. Truly love this part “so I explained to him how cooking is both rewarding and fun”. Untuk beberapa orang, hal ini pasti tidak mudah :)

  13. neecha
    neecha August 13, 2014 at 4:57 am

    cool tips. kayaknya sebelum ngajari anak masak, saya sendiri perlu belajar masak dulu… : p *ups

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