I was cooking by the time I was 5 yrs old. The only thing I couldn't do was drain the noodles, and that was just because I wasn't strong enough. By the age of 5, i was pretty self-sufficient.
Now that I am a mother, though, I just can't seem to let my dd cook, kwim? She's 6 yrs old, going to be 7 in May. She does know how to get her own drink, make a bowl of cereal, put cheese on crackers, basically anything that doesn't involve heat. I still make her toast.
When I asked my mom why she let me cook, her reply was that she had also cooked at that age and thought it was appropriate that a 5 yr old be able to cook. She has taught my dd how to make an egg and how to boil water, but I still can't seem to let her do that on her own, kwim? i don't let her, period. I told her she can do that with Gramma. I just get too nervous. So, do I need to work on this? I know she won't starve if i don't let her cook at this age, and I just don't see the point, other than it would give me a bit of a break. Like the two hours after supper and she is hungry for soup, then she would be able to make her own without me. I still wouldn't be able to leave the room, but maybe i could stop being a hawk, kwim?
What do you think?
I think cooking is an important skill to have, and most kids love to be included. If you aren't comfortable letting her near the stove, she can still help with prep work and dishing things up, getting things out of the refrigerator and stuff.
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I think 5 is an OK age for heating things, and boiling eggs, and even toast. As long as you're not too far away, and she is encouraged to take her time and cook carefully (and clean it up afterward of course!). Of course, there are always kids who should start later--just like teens and driving, they aren't all ready at the same time.
I remember checking boiling potatoes, and certainly making toast, and doing a lot of the prep for Mom when I was 5.
My baby's growing up!
Maybe that is my fear. Once she is able to cook then the next step is getting a job and leaving home LOL! total self sufficiency and independance - but I guess that means I'm doing something right, right?
Because I know this story I may be paranoid, but boiling liquids can be lethal.
So, maybe I should ask now, how do we prepare our children for cooking? What skills should they have in place before we put them near the stove/oven? How about fire safety skills?
I learned from watching my mother. She never sat me down and explained anything.
I made baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese, Harley made Jello, and Ella made juice.
Dad was in the kitchen with us and occasionally gave instructions, but other than that we did it all ourselves. It was so much fun!
Mom to 10yo Autistic Wonder Boy and 6yo Inquisitive Fireball Girl . December birthdays.
he knows things are hot, and he is very careful. i guess it depends on the personality (of baby and mom) when kids start cooking.
Also we have a gas stove also and open flames just add a level of danger there.
they are allowed to peal veggies mix and measure etc Madeline is starting to use knives to cut stuff.m We will work up to the fire that sits right at hair level It has happened to me because i wasn't careful enough. how much more for a six year old.
Another thing is cooking is a priveledge arouynd here. until you can clean up after yourself you don't get to cook. And she has never once cleaned up after herself without a lot of prodding.
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I think if your dd is wanting to cook on her own and is fairly responsible and careful, you should consider letting her do some things on her own. Figure out what you are comfortable with and see how it goes. I find it just evolves as they get experience and their own comfort level increases. Not that long ago, my 7 yr old was not allowed to turn on the stove if I wasn't in the kitchen, now she does, and it just kind of evolved.
Good luck finding your balance.
My daughter is 2 1/2 and loves to help cook. She's one of those kids who is constantly in motion, so I don't let her stir a pot of boiling pasta, for example. She'd try to stand on one foot while stirring and dump the whole thing down her front or something : But she pulls a chair up to the counter and helps with mixing, pulls the chair up to the stove to watch whatever's going on at the stove top (and sometimes stirs if it's something "safe" like scrambled eggs), and pushes buttons to cook with the microwave. It is good for her self-esteem, and gives her a sense of ownership over our meals, too.
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