I know sometimes it is just easier to put them in front of the tv when you are cooking but this is a perfect time to teach, fave fun and keep them busy.
I have my kids help all the time, cracking eggs, measuring, reading recipes, etc.. You both learn patience and you get teach them little secrets that only the two of you know. Like Mom's secret ingredient for whatever.
If this is your first time cooking with your kids take your time and pick an easy recipe, even just a grilled cheese sandwich or mac and cheese out of the box. Then work your way up to Eggplant Parmesan.
What a great way to share some quality time with your kids and teach them some life lessons that will bring them through life with great memories, recipes and secrets.