That must be so hard. All of us have our weaknesses as moms.
1. Even if it doesn't look nice, or taste restaurant-perfect, or even that good at all, eat it with your son. Like the pancake that falls apart. No problem. Pour real maple syrup on it and go for it. Have fun. That's okay. It will get better with time.
So what if the bottom of the rice burnt. Eat the top part and put a lot of teriyaki sauce on it to cover up that burnt aroma. Or whatever.
Cut the tops off burnt biscuits, don't be afraid to microwave them if they aren't cooked all the way through.
Chicken look horrid? But at least cooked all the way through? Scrape it off the bones, whatever isn't burnt, and put it in pasta with butter and italian herbs from the bottle.
I kid you not I have done ALL of those things and my cooking slowly improved. I've been cooking for years and I still sometimes have to salvage rice and eat a plate full of gooey pancake crumbs. MMMMM. If you put defrosted berries on them and sprinkle with powdered sugar you can pretend it's a delicacy.
In Russia they have a saying: "The first pancake never turns out." So make sure you don't take the first one... or the first batch... too seriously. They have another saying: "Practice, practice, practice!"
(2) Keep offering veggies and drown them in butter. I don't care what anyone says, it tastes good, there's calories and kids love stuff they can pick up. You put them (frozen veggies) in a microwave-safe bowl, cover with water, microwave 3 min on high, pour out water, stir butter in if hot, or microwave for another minute with the butter if not. Wah-lah. Serve with a kosher hot dog warmed up in a frying pan and bread and you have a meal.
Keep trying. Nobody ever learned to cook in a year. You can do this!
It's okay to serve mediocre and even bad food. LOL. My memories of childhood winters were coming home to smell smoke and seeing my mom over the trashcan with a cheese grater, grating the burnt bottoms off of chocolate chip cookies.
To this day, when I smell burnt chocolate or sugar, I think of those winter days.
Oh, and canned beans. Dump in microwave-safe bowl, top with cheese, microwave, serve with the microwaved frozen veggies. Yesss children love it and it's a healthy, balanced meal.
Honestly, if I can do it, you can. Know, when you are scraping burnt spaghetti off the bottom of the pot, after having eaten globby overcooked pasta with under-melted cheese and canned peas in butter, that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. And if your child is eating it... He's eating!!! :yay
For recipes, start simple. I learned to cook using Betty Crocker's Cookbook, Bridal Edition. Basically, it's cooking for idiots. Though, there is probably a Cooking for Idiots book out there. Anyway, she explains everything and there's lots of familiar recipes in there you can go for. It's worth a shot. Now I make more natural, healthy foods but everyone starts somewhere!