Parents can help children see cooking as fun

Experts agree that starting off kids with fun, child-friendly recipes is the key to piquing their interest in cooking for the long run, Newsday reports. "A lot of moms say they don't want their kids cooking in the kitchen because it makes a mess. Moms have to realize that a mess can always be cleaned," said Sandy Nissenberg, author of "The Everything Kids Cookbook" and other books. "Let them use food as a tool to play and make a mess. Let them experience how different foods smell and feel. The kids will remember that part of what they did with Mom or Dad."

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