I am a big believer in bringing children into the kitchen and finding ways for them to contribute towards the meal. I try to find tasks throughout our meal preparation that the Rutabaga can do. Right now, he's great at pouring and mixing the ingredients for the granola we make each week. He's learning how to cut the tofu for when we eat cold tofu with rice. And, last night he peeled the cucumber for the lime cucumber salsa destined for the swordfish.
He was eager and excited to take on the task. I hope that one day all these little experiences will add up into a young man who can cook for himself, knows what a healthy plate looks like, and finds the kitchen a warm loving place to be.