It is more important to teach your children to cook than to play football

As was my tradition, in December I restore old favorites from years. This year we will look back at 2016.

Yes, I know there will be people whose challenges and conditions are real and serious enough that they cannot really ensure that their children learn to cook before they leave home. This post is not for them. This post is for everyone else.

For the first time in history, the average American family spends more money on restaurants than on groceries.

Kids are leaving home now knowing more about how to play football or hockey than they do about how to cook fresh whole foods.

This is so incredible, not just for the kids, but for their future families as well.

Cooking is a life skill and it is the job of the parents to teach them before leaving home. If you are not comfortable with cooking, take the opportunity to learn with your children. Your kids learning to cook will not only help them to provide themselves and their future with healthy meals, but will save them money and possibly reduce the risk of developing a plethora of nutritional, chronic, non-communicable diseases .

Whether through the ridiculous amount of online recipes and resources, or by enrolling in cooking lessons or a nightclub, cooking, like any skill, is gained through practice. It doesn't matter if you're not good at cooking now. Take the time, and no doubt you will get there.