Cooking is a chore and a reward all rolled into one. Food preparation also takes place in the friendliest spot in your home: the kitchen. When you cook with your kids, you teach them useful skills, like how to plan, organize and perform tasks in a logical sequence. You encourage them to work together and to be creative, too. Although safety can be an issue with young children, you can still make them part of the process, even if they're just playing pretend with a child-sized set of measuring cups. Food prep is fun, and cooking together will show your kids that family time, laughter and a healthy dose of silliness really are the best seasonings.