Let me start off by saying I love my mother. She is a wonderful woman who does everything for everyone all the time. Growing up, she kept us all fed, clean, and healthy while juggling a very hectic family life. My mother may have been a very good chef but due to some very picky pallets, her repertoire was limited to fairly bland foods.
Until I was well into my 30s, I didn't cook much and with limited scope of flavors. It wasn't until I decided to loose weight a few years ago that I decided that my limited menu just wasn't going to cut it. For weeks, I tried all sorts of new flavors. I forced myself to eat things at which I had turned my nose up all my life. Some things, I still don't like but I did find a new appreciation for many new foods. I even began to enjoy cooking!
One thing my mother did instill in me was that I will not cook a different meal for every member of my family. I make one meal and everyone eats it. It may not be your favorite, heck you may outright dislike it but THAT'S what's for dinner. Therefore, my girls eat what KC and I eat. Sometimes it's a little spicy, sometimes it's lemony, sometimes it's savory etc. I do attempt to tone down the really strong flavors because I do want them to actually enjoy the food but it's not always bland.
I also want them to learn how to cook now so they don't need to learn in 30 years by trial and error. They are still young but even at 6, Macy is able to cut up the broccoli and since she LOVES it, she enjoys being able to say she helped make dinner. I also allow them to help measure out ingredients and pour them into bowls, stir, coat and baste things. We use the kitchen as a little laboratory to observe all kinds of cooking miracles. Boiling, melting, thickening, browning and yes,occasionally burning are all cool "experiments."
I am faaaar from a perfect parent but I hope to do this one thing well. Teaching the girls how to cook by example, even if it's only a few times a week, is a skill I hope will serve them well into adulthood. And yes, I would be doing this if I had boys. Cooking is not a girl/boy skill, it's a life skill. Everyone needs to eat and being self sufficient in the kitchen is something from which I believe everyone can benefit.
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun