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Dad’s Day: Celebrating Role Models in the Kitchen

Dad's Day: Celebrating Important Role Models for Our Children

As Dad’s Day nears, I am thankful for the man who can cook. Especially for the man who taught my son to cook: my husband.

Happy Father’s Day to all those who have had a hand in pancake batter and an eye on the future adults they are fortunate to raise.

You are important role models for our children.

My son has been making (or involved in the making of) pancakes for years. This wouldn’t be the case if it weren’t for his Dad.

Around age two, my son became keenly interested in cooking. I don’t know if he was hard-wired this way or if it is a natural part of every child’s interest and desire, but he was into cooking. It so happened my husband was usually in charge of the weekend breakfast.

Weekends were much more extravagant than the weekday bowl of cereal and fruit, as my husband often included bacon or sausage, eggs, pancakes, real maple syrup and real butter.

My husband’s morning routine was something everyone looked forward to—even the three big sisters–and their friends. Ask anyone who visits our home for an overnight…my husband always makes an effort to feed everyone a nice breakfast in the mornings.

And so cooking began at an early age for my son.

Banana Buckwheat Pancakes

At age two, he sat on the countertop and attentively watched the proceedings, from cracking eggs to pouring and mixing the batter. At that time, he was content to sit and observe.

By age four, he was cracking the eggs, measuring pancake mix and milk, and mixing it all together. Yes, still sitting on the counter with a bowl straddled between his legs.

At age five, he was pouring batter on the griddle and my husband was letting him practice flipping pancakes, standing on a step-stool.

At the ripe age of seven, the little guy wanted to do it all by himself. He had the pancake ingredients and production steps memorized. While Dad supervised, my son took the lead. Yes it was slow, and sometimes messy, but patience always won.

At twelve, my son moved on to making many other foods like tuna fish salad, fried rice, grilled cheese, pasta, hot chocolate, scones, scrambled and fried eggs, to name a few. He rarely needs help, and is a self-starter in the kitchen.

At sixteen, my son can cook many things, is confident in the kitchen and creative as well. He can take care of his nutrition needs.

And it all started with pancakes!

Some fathers teach their kids life skills like washing the car, changing the oil, mowing the grass, shoveling snow, and taking out the trash.

But, when Dads are good role models to their boys and girls, teaching them how to cook, there are some essential and important messages being passed along.

  • Cooking is fun.
  • Cooking is a shared and important task for both women and men.
  • Cooking is a life skill that is important for health, wellness and survival.
  • Cooking is a skill everyone should master, regardless of gender.

While many of us look to moms to teach the household skills to children, I think we overlook a powerful and positive role model in Dads. I think it’s time to welcome more Dads in the kitchen to teach their sons and daughters how to cook–even if it starts with pancakes (and a little bacon on the side!).

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  1. I want to win Bob’s Red Mill pancake mixes because making pancakes for my kids on Saturday morning is one of the best things in life.

  2. I love Bob’s Red Mill, and I haven’t yet tried any of the pancake mixes, and I’d love to make these pancakes and waffles! I typically use Bob’s to make biscuits every two days or so, with different grains and flours.

  3. I would love to win your pancake mix to share with my 4 adult male clients with developmental disabilities. They love to make pancakes and it would be fun to try a new mix. I like Just The Right Byte and Bob’s Red Mill on facebook. Thank you.

  4. I love Bob’s Red Mill, and I haven’t tried the pancake mixes. It would be a good way to create a sense of excitement with the packaging, and I would have the opportunity to try different grains of flours – they all sound so yummy!

  5. This post resonated with me, as I have an almost two year old that says, “up” every time I step into the kitchen. He doesn’t want to miss anything and is already pretty good at handing me things I ask for. My dad taught me the basics growing up and now that I have my own family, I am the primary cook in my house. With Big Bob’s Red Mill pancake mixes, I will continue the tradition of teaching the males in my family how cooking not only leads to great food, but is fun to do.

  6. I’m always looking for healthier breakfasts, so these mixes would be great to have on hand.

  7. I would love this – we’ve been trying to avoid buying the mainstream pancake mixes at the store b/c they’re full of who knows what – but it’s so much easier. This would be a win-win!

  8. We love making pancakes, so it would be nice to have a healthy shortcut when we are strapped for time.