Have you taught your children to cook a meal for you ?

@pandaeyes (2068)
March 8, 2010 11:54am CST
My son used to always make bolognaise on Friday's. It was his favorite meal and he loved to do it totally alone so that we would all be impressed . My daughter like to do a casserole with minced beef and a cheese sauce with rice layered in between. It was nice to get a break from cooking and good practice for them. Do your kids like to cook and do they have a day they prepare a meal on?
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@julia28 (140)
• India
9 Mar 10
My kids are too young to cook.My daughter who is seven years old can peel potatoes and cucumbers only !! My eleven years old son can make a maggi ,pasta , fry eggs ,and can also make tea but when he enters the kitchen he makes it look like a garbage room !!All utensils are out , racks becomes messy ,everthing is upside down !!He enjoys cooking but his enjoyment results in my anger .Whenever he says he want to make something ,i decline his polite request . How old are your kids ?
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@pandaeyes (2068)
9 Mar 10
My kids are now 19 and 21 so well past the sticks hand prints on the wall stage although I do remember flour all over the carpet. It was silly having carpet in the kitchen anyway(from the previous owners) so we took it up and threw it away. I think you can minimize mess by showing how to put the gungy stuff in the sink carefully for washing up. One of those big plastic table cloths is very handy as you can have it under the table on the floor or on the table itself. If he knows he is going to be cleaning it up too, he might be more tidy. A 'yes ,but you must clean up the aftermath' is still a 'yes'.
@julia28 (140)
• India
9 Mar 10
My boy is a little devil with a very mischevious smile and acts !!Your opinions are worth trying ,thank you ,but he is a spoiled brat pampered by his grand parents .He says he wants to cook ,he will cook ,no one can stop him !These days he is trying his skill on my microwave ,everthing in it !!He is Dennise the Menace.
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@pandaeyes (2068)
9 Mar 10
Oh dear but then 11 is not too old to be told NO. I think sometimes we have to be seen as the ogre when we reprimand because later on they will thank us for keeping them on the straight path. The difference between Dennis the Menace and real life is, your boy will grow up and become the commander while Dennis will always be a 10 or 11 year old child in a story.
@epicure35 (2822)
• United States
10 Mar 10
I wish I had instituted a cooking night for each of my children; I tried, but didn't push it. I did, however, teach them all to cook. Only one of the three really enjoys cooking, and she does it well. The other two just enjoy eating and having food prepared for them. My oldest daughter does an excellent creamed spinach with leeks, nutella crepes, and a lemon German pancake on a regular basis and at some holidays. So, the best I can say for now is that my granddaughter cooks WITH me as she's too young to cook for me just now. But, you are fortunate and it is a great idea and perfect training for youngsters!
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@pandaeyes (2068)
10 Mar 10
My boy used to love making pancakes. He liked the what do you want in yours bit. He would be in the kitchen and we would sit in the next room and he would say couple more coming up LOL
@epicure35 (2822)
• United States
10 Mar 10
That's such a great motivater; build on his likes and allow him his creativity while he learns a vital life lesson! The simple everyday chores of life can be fun and the lesson grand.
8 Mar 10
My girls are too young to be cooking alone but my eight yesr old does help me in the kitchen especially if we are making a bolognaise. She loves to chop up the peppers and brown off the meat. She grows her own basil so she cuts a few leaves off the plant and tears them into the sauce. Maybe when she is a little older I will let het take control of the kitchen for one meal a week, it's actually a very good idea.
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@pandaeyes (2068)
9 Mar 10
I love how you let your children grow herbs to use in the food. My son once grew an enormous potato ,he was only about 2 years old so really it was just luck but his little face when we dug it up, as big as an ostriches egg.
9 Mar 10
Aw, that's lovely! Well we chose herbs because they grow quickly and my eldest can get rather impatient!
• Malaysia
13 Mar 10
My parent taught us only the basic things like how to clean fish, cook rice, cut chicken, but never how to cook a real meal. that we have to learn ourselves. My mother insisted us to do the kitchen work since we were in primary school. i was in year 5 when i started to cook while my eldest sister started earlier when she was in year 3. Now she is a better cook than any of us, she can even make her own recipes. I am less like her, i cook only healthy food but my parents like it because my dad has hypertension so he is advise not to eat salty food. Not that i don't know any other recipe but I only make them during special occasion. I am very thankful to my mum, if not for her i might not know how to cook at all.
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@pandaeyes (2068)
13 Mar 10
A girl at my work when I was 16 said that her mother made her do the Sunday dinner and that her little brother who was 11 was now the Sunday dinner cook. I thought that was a great idea at the time and put the idea away in my head to use if I had kids. Mine didn't make enormous roast meals but it is a skill that will always be useful anyway.
• United States
11 Mar 10
My son isn't old enough to cook a meal yet. He does like to pull a chair up in the kitchen beside of me and try to help me cook. I will let him mix stuff that is in a bowl and simple things like that. He helped me make jello a little bit ago. He's only 3 so he finds the simple things fun right now. I'm sure I will teach him how to cook a meal for us when he gets older though. He loves helping me make a cake cause he will stir it and after it is transferred to the pan he will lick the spoon and he loves doing that. lol
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@pandaeyes (2068)
11 Mar 10
Mine liked to lick the spoon too,and sneak little nibbles when they thought no one saw. Actually my husband still likes to do that. We do easter eggs out of chocolate most years and my kids used to be desperate to help with that. I used to put a little present right n the middle so when they opened up their egg halves on Easter day,there was something they hadn't expected right in the middle.
11 Mar 10
I don't have kids yet but I could relate about this post by thinking of my mom when I was a kid. I could say that my mom loved and cared for me in a way that she wanted me to have a very comfortable life.So basically, she made me be like a princess while she does all things for me.She has never taught me how to cook thinking that I would burn myself.Not even how to vacuum the floor because she think I can't manage to manipulate the vacuum cleaner.In short, she does everything for me.Now that I became older,I have to learn it by myself which I could say a bit late already.I can learn how to cook of course but with great difficulty for me. i should have learned it when I was a kid and growing up.So if ever I would have a kid,I would try to teach her/him little by little not only about cooking but all chores too.In that way, it won't be too hard for them to take responsibility when they grow older.Though,I would of course considered myself very lucky to have been showered with love and care and shelter from my mom.
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@pandaeyes (2068)
11 Mar 10
My mum was very similar in that we never had to do any chores of any kind. She preferred her own way of doing things and didn't really trust us to manage. Fortunately,it isn't that difficult to learn things like vacuuming and general cleaning tasks. Cooking takes a bit more thought as you have to eat the results LOL
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
10 Mar 10
Both of my children are still too young to even think about cooking a meal for me. However, I do let each of them help me in the kitchen from time to time so that they can learn how to cook in the basic sense while they are still small. I was actually already an adult before I learned to cook so I would like them to be able to prepare some basic things by the time that they are teenagers so we share time together in the kitchen.
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@pandaeyes (2068)
10 Mar 10
At school we did very basic things but everything helps. I remember a girl I was sharing the cooker with in domestic science saying when will we know if the water is boiling and saying well I think it gets bubbly. LOL we were 11 and neither of us had done anything more than press a switch on an electric kettle.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
9 Mar 10
My son is nine years old. He helps my wife in cooking. He does small things such as preparing his own lunch. Making a sandwich for himself or prepare a bowl of cereal. My wife has taught him how to fry an egg. He feels useful and at the same time he is learning survival skills. He is willing to learn and thus my wife shows him slowiy some things that he is capable of doing.
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@pandaeyes (2068)
10 Mar 10
He sounds like he is a lucky boy. I think he will be quite independent later on in life having started to learn while he is still young..
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
9 Mar 10
My mom taught me to cook when I was young. I was only ten when she started teaching how to cook and I was really thankful for that because I have to go away from home two years ago and learning how to cook there was really important. I cherished the moment when my mom taught me how to cook. My brother also felt the same way. We were really grateful for our mom for teaching us how to cook. When I would have my own kind, I also want them to learn how to cook also. I wanna give them the example that my mom had for me and my brother.
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@pandaeyes (2068)
9 Mar 10
That's a very nice answer. You are grateful for having been taught and you are going to do that with your own kids too. I suppose long ago people just watched how things were done and had to help out as families were large so they just picked it up as they went along. I couldn't even boil an egg when I was 11.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
9 Mar 10
For me when I'm not married I just remember that our mother is easy to siting pretty because all of food preparation is me so when I'm have a child I want to tech them in that way.
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@pandaeyes (2068)
9 Mar 10
You mean your mum taught you and you will teach our children? Sounds like a good plan to me :)
@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
9 Mar 10
I think that that's good that you taught your kds to cook. Its important for them to know how to take care of themselves. I saddly don't have children but was allowed to start learning in school. I then continued the process at home, and I can cook fairly well. I cook most meals for myself and George.
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@pandaeyes (2068)
9 Mar 10
We didn't do an awful lot in school,mainly very simple things like little pies and puddings. I learned most of my cooking from cooking books. One is a 1950's book which has sweets and how to gut rabbits and all sorts of quite interesting things in. My kids also use cooking books sometimes and we had a fair few children's cooking books to get new ideas from.
• United States
9 Mar 10
My children are nine, and five, so no they don't cook per say. However, my son does make lunch, sandwiches, drink, chips, fruit etc, and my daughter gets the table ready. They help me when I bake, in the prep part, but are not allowed to use the stove or anything like that yet. We homeschool, so I include home skills in our lessons. I am not a great cook, so maybe I can learn something from them LOL.
@pandaeyes (2068)
9 Mar 10
We used to count cooking as domestic science in home schooling. Later my son (about 14 then)did sea cadets and was a cook(cant remember the exact title). He learned some interesting fancy things to do with salads and how to shape napkins but I think he got more cooking direction at home. It was all useful for 'out of school' activities and 'socializing ' though.
@se7enthbird (8328)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
my mother is a good cook but unfortunately she did not teach any of us how to, i really dont know the reason why. lucky that my wife is a good cook as well. i know that in the future she will teach my son to cook for as early as 4 years old we can see the sign of interest in him. he is always at her mother's side when my wife is preparing the things she needed to cook, and he is also imitating on how my wife cuts the ingredients. he has this plastic knife that he uses when my wife is busy doing all this things. it is cool to see that he is interested and i know that my wife will teach him how to cook. good for you that your children knows how to cook. good job panda.
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@pandaeyes (2068)
9 Mar 10
How nice that he is interested already. We let our kids do biscuit dough and that sort of simple thing when they were very little because it doesn't hurt if they nibble a little bit raw. We had a book with things you could do without needing to cook. Making little boats out of bananas and grapes,that sort of thing.
8 Mar 10
One of my daughters is a really excellent cook. She cooks every Thursday evening - a day that I work late - and it's great to come home to a delicious meal. Last week we had tiger prawns in batter with a sweet and sour sauce, green beans and vegetable rice. It was lovely. She cooks all kinds of things, like spaghetti bolognaise or chili con carne; chops and casseroles. Sometimes it's something very basic like fishfingers, chips and peas but I don't care as long as I don't have to cook it!
@pandaeyes (2068)
9 Mar 10
Fantastic. She sounds very independent. I think that is so useful when you are young. Mine still like to have a go every now and again when they are home for the holidays. A school friend took me to meet her little brother and sisters once after school. She had some little jobs she had to do before her mother came home and one was to make the chapatis for dinner. She was so quick and had it absolutely perfect,it was like watching those restaurant people on TV where they just turn out piece after piece of professional looking food.
8 Mar 10
My son was always a mad keen cook when he was a child and he loved to experiment with meals. His first success was a delicious stuffed omlette, and he has since gone on to greater things. He's now working as a chef :-D
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@pandaeyes (2068)
9 Mar 10
Wow so his interest remained all his life so far. Our neighbours grandson thought he might be a chef. He used to get work waiting tables at hotel seminar type venues. He worked in the local hospital kitchens for quite a long time too.
@doormouse (4619)
8 Mar 10
my 14 year old son can cook,fried eggs opn toast,tuna fish and rice,and red thai curry,my 13 year old daughter can do eggs,beans and bacon,chips and a few other things,i don't trust my 8 year old to cook yet,but he can make a lovely cup of tea,,i think kids should be independent before they leave home,there would be nothing worse than having the kids come home every week with their washing and stuff
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@pandaeyes (2068)
9 Mar 10
I was very impressed with a school friend I visited when I was about 15. I hadn't seen her for a few years as we had moved house and she was trusted to cook fish and chips using the deep fat fryer. It was equally impressive because up the wall behind the cooker was an enormous burn mark on the paper where a previous attempt had gone wrong. Her parents were much more trusting than mine. When i was about 7, I had stayed with her while my mum was in hospital having my little sister. she was allowed to heat milk for cocoa all by herself even then. Your kids are building quite a good collection of meals they can prepare . Mine are both in university now and able to experiment to their hearts content.
@honeylore23 (1085)
• United States
8 Mar 10
Hello PandaEyes, I have no kids yet, but my parents taught us how to cook food when we were young. They were just basic meals but it does help us. In fact when my elder sister reach 10, she is the one cooking our meals, and then afterward, it becomes a by schedule between us, sisters. We are 7 siblings in the family and all girls, and my mother believe as a girl we should know how to cook, so that is why they let us cook in our everyday meal after we each reach 10 years old.
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@pandaeyes (2068)
8 Mar 10
Lovely. I learned a bit in school but it was very basic. We were not allowed to cook at home at all . I always thought it would have been useful so when mine were old enough to be trusted with the hob and oven, I would let them make things. My kids like to do apple crumble because it is simple but looks lovely and bubbly and crunchy on the top. When they were little, we used to make biscuits together and surprise their dad when he came home.
@unique16 (1531)
• United States
8 Mar 10
Hello Pandaeyes, Very pretty id name. Yes, I tried with my oldest daughter at the age of 13 she is now 21 and still cannot cook for life of her. She even toook cooking class at high school and her cookies came out all goey and too soft to eat. She is a brain graduated in the top 5 of her class of like 200 kids. Cooking was not her thing. My other daughter age 13 and is 18 loves to cook and cook relaly well. She sometimes cooks for me because she is home from school by 3:30pm and I am home from work like 4:30pm. She loves spicey food and I needs lots of something to drink because of spices. I swear she was born without tastebuds. My eyes will water and she sitting there with her meal like there not enough spices on it. (lol) Thanks and have a great day Sincerley Unique16
@pandaeyes (2068)
8 Mar 10
Haha I like the description of the spices and your panic to have something to drink while she sits oblivious. I suppose cooking isn't everyone's forte and some people maybe wont really ever need to do it anyway,like your older daughter she is clever and will most likely be able to buy her food already made anyway. My son hates spicey but he likes herbs.