My son is cooking dinner! :-)

@miamilady (4924)
United States
May 4, 2009 7:41pm CST
He's 13. He's shown a little bit of an interest in cooking this year. He cooked for himself about a month ago and wanted to cook for the family tonight. It gives me a break. It is helping him to learn some independence and learning how to contribute to the family a bit. I think it's also good for his self esteem. Who's cooking at your house? How old were you when you started cooking? Did (or do)your children want to learn how to cook?
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@jcc51189 (78)
• United States
2 Jun 09
I started to cook basic things around the same age but i did not show intense interest until late high school age. I now cook dinner every night I am home. My mom has accepted that I have surpassed her cooking abilities. Now when we have a family gathering I am the primary cook and everyone seems to like the stuff i make. I would like to teach my children how to cook one day. I believe it is a very useful skill. I find it funny how my girlfriend cannot cook at all LOL. if we get married i will probably be the main cook. but i dont mind, i love it! ^_^
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@Darkwing (21588)
16 May 09
My Dad used to cook the Sunday dinner at our house when we were kids. By the time we were eight or nine, one would be designated to help him with the preparation of vegetables, Yorkshire puds, stuffing and laying the table, etc. and the others would be given either cleaning duties in their bedroom, or washing up duties. I think it's good for youngsters to learn how much preparation and cooking/washing up duties there are to a meal, and also to learn to keep their rooms clean. Brightest Blessings.
@DavidReedy (2411)
• United States
8 May 09
I've been experimenting for a couple of years now--in the kitchen that is. (You ever have those creations not even you can eat? It's been a while, but I have to snicker at myself anyway.) These days, I'm a good cook--relatively speaking, not yet great, though. I wish I had free time and economic opportunities to really learn to cook--especially food that is friendly for people with colitis and IBS, and foods that are all around good for the digestive tract.
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• China
6 May 09
when i was 10 years old.i used to cook for my family.in the coutryside of china many children do the cooking at this age.but i find nowadays the children dont like do these things.their parents dont let them do that too.so many children now dont do cooking.if they do we will be surprised.just like what you be.right.but that is just a normal thing.you feel good?yes ,every parents do feel good.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
5 May 09
I am the primary cook and dishwasher of this house - however my teen son does enjoy cooking - he is away at school right now. he is a pretty good cook but is not always conscious of balancing the meals nor is he efficient in cleaning up after himself. my teen girl could care less about cooking - but loves to eat it. my little one loves to watch everything I do with cooking - very observantly, and she likes to help by cathering different ingredients.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
5 May 09
Every boy should learn how to care for himself, then he will not be tempted to live with a girl just to be taken care of. And what woman doesn't love a man that can cook for her once in a while?
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
2 Jun 09
Mom started teaching me to cook while I was only 3 or 4, I did the same thing with my son. My husband and I now split the cooking. My son, who is now in the Navy is planning on going to culinary school when he gets out. He is an excellent cook. I am hoping he can cook healthy delicious food and make a living doing that. So many places we go to, are excellent tasting but serve the cardiologist mostly. I want to be able to go eat out every night with out worrying about my health.
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@vnrsudhan (1514)
• India
2 Jun 09
hi miamilady, your son must be really interested in cooking,maybe he wants to become a chef in the future.and by the way,i learnt to cook when i was 10 years old.and over the years i have perfected my skills and also i have created a lot of new dishes.so how about you,when did you learn to cook.and one more new please visit the webpage in my profile and please lend the help you can.
@celticeagle (118255)
• Boise, Idaho
5 May 09
Good for you and him! Independence is a good thing. I was probably about 10 or 12 when I learned to cook. Wasn't at home but at friends houses. I actually married and do know much about cooking except what I learned from my friends and from grandma. I personally feel that ALL family members should have responsibilities and put forth toward the household in some way.
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
5 May 09
Thanks for the reply. I do make them both help out. I'm not always consistent in what chores they need to do, but I agree that it's important that everyone contribute.
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@celticeagle (118255)
• Boise, Idaho
5 May 09
Sure. Glad to hear it.
@arcidy (5016)
• United States
5 May 09
Wow make sure he keeps cooking not to many men now of these days cook anymore. I wouldnt mind learning how to cook someday but I just dont have the time wich sucks. But good for you maybe he will become a chief someday and he will cool for you guys wich is every mother or fathers dream.
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
5 May 09
Yes, I'm happy that he found the motivation to try cooking.
@jewl1126 (102)
• United States
5 May 09
Well lucky you! I have four kids ages from 6-14. My daughters are the oldest and all enjoy cooking and baking. My youngest, my son, helps whenever the girls allow him to. I also believe it offers them a feeling of responsibility and self-confidence when they get to cook or clean...something large enough for the whole family to recognize. I think I was about 7 or 8 when I started cooking, only because I had to help out around the house at an early age. My hubby sticks more to the grilling, and well, I take up most of the slack...otherwise we'd be eating pizza 7 days a week...LOL!
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
5 May 09
My daughter seems to enjoy baking desserts, but not cooking meals. My son seems to be taking a liking to cooking meals. Works for me! lol
@Cborrero (10)
• United States
5 May 09
That is the same age i started to cook now i am in college majoring in culinary management and in 5 to 6 years i'm going to open my own restaurant. So if he does really love it you should let him. The same way my mother let me follow my dream i wont be were i be now.
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
5 May 09
If he continues to show an interest in cooking, I will support him 100%
@bunnybon7 (36504)
• Holiday, Florida
13 Sep 09
oh yes. its funny that my three boys always wanted and liked to cook for themselves when they would get home to late for dinner. also, many times when i would work late. funny thing is my two girls would always ask the boys to make them some also seemed they never cared to cook. but it did make for the boys to be able to cook when they needed to or even wanted to. now they are all very good cooks and the strange thing is even the girls cook better then me i was never much of a cook.
• Canada
13 Sep 09
So, what did he cook for dinner? How did it taste? I think it's wonderful that he learned to cook, and now wants to continue, as a way to gain independence and help the family. As for me, I was never that interested in cooking, and never that good at it. My husband, on the other hand, loves to cook, and is extremely interested in cooking, as well as being extremely good at it, so he is the one who does the cooking in our house.
@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
5 May 09
Cj is 10 and he is also taking an interest in cooking. He likes to watch me and his dad while we make dinner together on the weekends. We'll even have him help with something minor when he wants, as to not get him hurt because of his having Autism. But he'll make his own breakfast in the mornings on weekends. He does, 'Toaster Strudel' and 'Eggo Blueberry Waffle' in the same toaster. He'll get himself some juice from fridge and a banana if we have them. He is so proud of himself and so are we.
@mzj033y (185)
• United States
5 May 09
I think I started cooking when I moved into a new apartment and that is like six years ago, that time I might have been very young, fourteen I guess. The reason I need to cook is because my parents are working and with my grandma moving away to take care of my little cousin, I was responsible to cook. I actually heated up everything, make rice and then cook some vegetable and that is one dinner. It's simple and easy. But I never actually cook cook like making a whole feast or dinner. My mom does that. I still need to learn from her.
@gracie04 (4555)
• Philippines
5 May 09
Wow, that's great.. at the age of 13, he's already showing some interest and independence! =) I was 20 years old when i have had the interest in cooking.. yea, kind of late but better late than never.. when i have moved out from my parents house, i have learned how to be independent and responsible.. I have learned through reading cook books and recipes online.. my specialty is filipino cuisine, my hubby's favorite.. =) but i must admit that i am not as good as my mom.. my mom is the best cook i have known.. she can cook anything from scratch..=)
@gemini_rose (16193)
5 May 09
That is really nice. I am the cook in my house at the minute I have been cooking since I was about 13, learning at school and then cooked for myself from 15 or so. My son who is 8 has shown a lot of interest in cooking and so I have started him off with ready mixes for the time being and then I have a few childrens recipe books and will eventually get him on that. Its hard to get the time with him to teach him because I have two other children who are not really bothered about cooking but as soon as I say something to my son about getting him in the kitchen they want to do it too so it can be a bit of a trial trying to get that quality time with him. I have to let them take it in turns at the min!!
@masonj (47)
• United States
5 May 09
I do just about all of the cooking at my house. I am a thirty two year old male and I actually like to cook and bake. I work nights so I'm home during the afternoons and it makes sense for me to get lunch and dinner going. My children are a little young to cook. When they get older, I want to teach them to cook and I certainly hope they enjoy it. Sharing the kitchen and helping the family out should create a stronger bond between our entire family. I am really looking forward to being a part of my childrens experience in the kitchen.
@mc1988 (77)
• China
5 May 09
Your son will be only 13 years old cook,and i think you should be proud of your son!Because you have a grate son !In my family my mother cooking in general is,In fact ,when I 12 years old ,i have tried to cooking . But it is very difficult to eat it .Ha ha !