Should Your Children Prepare & Cook Meals?

United States
February 4, 2009 2:22pm CST
I say yes! and my children to cook and prepare meals all the time. They have been doing it since 6th grade. Why do I make them cook because they need to learn and not when they are 30 and can't boil water. My son can cook his but off he needs no recipies. He makes his own I never used recipies and when they where little I made them watch me. I just think cooking is a responsible and vital to survival of life.I feel like children need to know how to cook because when they turn 18 in my house I no longer cook for or do dishes for them. That is why my children must learn this responsibility early. What your opinion?
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@roberten (3131)
• United States
4 Feb 09
Yes, panzerswifey, kids learning to cook is a necessity; especially for military kids. Mine learned to cook as soon as they showed interest. By the time they were 12 years-old they were preparing very simple meals with supervision. All my kids are terrific cooks. The best thing about them knowing how to cook is that I do very little of it now that everyonr is grownup. Holidays and Sundays are the times I cook most. There is a certain comfort in knowing that my kids will not starve because they don't know how to cook--won't happen...LOL!
• United States
4 Feb 09
grew up with people telling the kids to get out the kitchen, no kids allowed in the kitchen. And when I became a mom I just allowed my home to be a kid home. I do get judged for it,but I do not care. I think children need to be able to know how to cook and cleaun up afterwards. It is a fun thing for them to do. And my office is right here off the kitchen, my door is litterally between two counters. I see everything. My 12 yr old started cooking when she was in 2nd grade. She scared us all she woke up one saturday and made only herself scambled eggs,toast,peaches,and turkey bacon. I asked her why did she only cook for herself and she said I been watching and I am getting bigger plus I am not waiting for you people in this house to cook for me saturday. We could not get her to stop it. she kept sneaking when we were sleep. It still scares me when I think about it. Because she was using chairs to cook and no matter how much we would tell her no its not safe she just kept on. She is tall in junior high school and is a very good cook. and she is very cautious and safe in the kitchen...Thank goodness!
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@roberten (3131)
• United States
4 Feb 09
I think it is important to teach your children to be independent. My oldest cooked on the stove for the first time when she was about two. She too stood in a chair and was 100 percent supervised. She wanted sausage and didn't like the way I prepared it so she asked if she could prepare it herself. I thought i'd humor her but to my surprised, she prepared it better than I. My mother was also standing near and she got a really big kick out of it. Thank goodness she was not as interested in cooking as much as your child, we had no worries about her using the stove without supervision. You must have been concerned for her but look at her now! My hat off to your daughter.
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@savypat (20247)
• United States
4 Feb 09
I agree and I feel that way about all household chores. You do your children a great disservice by not teaching them how to get along in this world.
• United States
4 Feb 09
Speaking of diservice to children a lot of people think that children should be taught chosre at certain ages. No they need to be exposed from birth. Simply by saying poopy diapers go to the trash we don't leave poppy diaper on the counter he lives in the trash can. That teaches them. If a 2 yr old who is just learning to speak properly can cuss they can learn about responsibility at home. for us cooking is a family thing also. sometimes we cook and do not eat. Cooking is an art for as well as a responsibility. and that is why children should be allowed to participate in cooking.
• United States
5 Feb 09
It's always a good thing for kids to know how to cook. My daughter knows how to make microwave macaroni and cheese. Of course, I handle the noodles when they come out of the microwave, cause the bowl is hot. But, she can stir in the cheese and milk. When she's a bit older, I'm sure she will be cooking more elaborate dishes.
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• United States
5 Feb 09
You got me in tears because I can see her now eyes wide to stir in the cheese and milk. Our children love when we give them responsibility. It is when we do not that they grow up to be iressponsible. My daughter was 4 and I let her her help me prepare the formula for her brother. She knew how much to measure and she wanted to make it. She is 18 now making bottles for my sisters newborn and my mom said she does not do it right. My mom said I should not have let her to it when she was little because now she is clueless as to how to make formula. When she was little no one believed that she did it correctly until they saw her but she was a fast one she was walking and talking at 6 months. She could hold a convo at 1.
@annjilena (5621)
• United States
5 Feb 09
my son did it and he was 8 years old i had surgery and he would cook meals to help me out.it,s very important for them to learn to cook and one day they can cook for them self.at 6 years that sort of young though but you still can get him to help you out in the kitchen.
@maezee (31523)
• United States
5 Feb 09
I totally argee with you! I think it's important for kids to learn - and a lot of kids enjoy it, too! (for example - my little sister absolutely LOVES helping out with cooking, especially baking!) And it also gives you something to bond over and gives you an excuse to spend time with them. :]
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@mammamuh (582)
• Sweden
5 Feb 09
Yes, they should do that. I agree with your point! My older 11 and 9 are making their own breakfast in the morning and the snack after school, if they are home alone them make lunch and or dinner. Cook pasta for example. They help out with the daily cooking as well since it's a great opportunity to learn. Here they have home education from grede 5 (the year they turn 11) where they learn to cook some food. I think it's great. Even if my kids get to learn cooking and baking at home - not every child has the opportunity. If they will manage to live on their own they will have to know how to cook!
• China
5 Feb 09
i learnt how to cook when i was 7-years old.And i will teach my child cooking when i have a child.
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4 Feb 09
My mum never taught me and I wish she had because I don't know the first thing about it now. It's really hard for me to put together meals and I really don't like cooking because I fret that I'm going to mess it up because I never learned.
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@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
4 Feb 09
my little girl loves to do that.but we cant do that since she is just 4 yrs old.she always with me in the kitchen helping sometimesand sometimes she is cleaning her room.
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• United States
6 Feb 09
I think it's part of the job of parent to make sure your kids can feed themselves something that didn't come from a fast food bag or get ordered off the menu. Our kids love to help us cook. They are five, three and two so they are too small to cook alone, but we have always allowed them to help and have begun teaching our oldest daughter how to do certain things. We are always with them and alway help them but we do allow them to stir pots and do little prep things. They love it and since my husband and I both work outside the home it's a great way to spend time together as a family. My mom taught me and my brother to cook too, in fact as soon as we could stand up on the stool she started letting us help in the kitchen.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
5 Feb 09
I totally agree with you. I think once you learn to cook you know what you are eating and you have control over it and obtain a lot of responsibility.
@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
5 Feb 09
I think if they were taught about it in school then they should try to practice it at home. They can have older siblings or the parents help them out if they're chopping up vegetables just to prevent any accidents. Ultimately though, I think they should start kitchen duties with setting the table and washing the dishes. It's a good way to show them that kitchen work is part of life.
@BlueGoblin (1833)
• United States
5 Feb 09
Depends on the age. Little children should be nowhere near the kitchen. I knew a little girl that was burnt with scolding hot water. Your kids were in 6th grade so they are definitely old enough to learn how to cook. But I think parents should use caution if they try to teach smaller children how to cook. Baking cookies is probably a good start.
• India
5 Feb 09
ya my mother allows me to cook but not fully i prepare ido help her in preparing these foods happy mylotting good posting
@fasttalker (2798)
• United States
5 Feb 09
Both of my sons (now grown), are good cooks, hy helped me in the kitchen all the time. Ihink it is very important to teach them to cook. The oldest one had alot more interest thanthe younger one did he would stand on a stool when he was too short to reachthings. But they are both good cooks now. The oldest lives by himself and cooks dinner for the family occasionally. The youngest is still at home and he prepares dinner about once a week now.Once he started experimenting a little he liked it a lot better.
@gracie04 (4555)
• Philippines
5 Feb 09
I'm not a mom yet but if i'm going to have children, i'd teach them how to prepare and cook sumptuous meals.. i mean, everyone should know how to cook because when they turn 18 and up, they will be responsible for themselves.. i've learned the skill when i was 20 years old.. yeah, i know, it's late but better late than never.. when i moved out from my parents house i've learned how to stand up for myself.. though i'm not as good as mom, i believe that i would become a very good cook someday.. i just need to learn from the experts!
@kimmy01 (69)
5 Feb 09
i think children shouls be involved with some aspects of cooking, its good life skills which will benefit them later in life. I always involve the younger generation of the family with cooking things like cakes and bread. They also love it when im preparing vegetables, they use a peeler with the safety cover and help me peel the potatoes. Obviously for safety reasons, they cant be in charge of hot pans or sharp knives, but Yes why not introduce them to basic cookery skills at a young age? :)
@AbbeyB (670)
• Spain
5 Feb 09
I think all kids should learn to cook at an early age start them off with simple things and then progress, they will enjoy their food more if they are helping to prepare it.
@apoots77 (104)
• United States
4 Feb 09
I absolutely agree with you! I think that teaching all children all household chores is vital. Because when they move out, they're on their own. They should be able to take care of their basic needs (laundry, cleaning dirty dishes, cooking, cleaning their own homes, etc.) when they are ready to move out. When we teach our children how to be logical, sensible and how to take care of themselves, we're doing them a great service! :-) Good for you!