Do you let your kids put salt and pepper on their own food at dinner time?

United States
August 25, 2007 8:39pm CST
When I was a kid, my mom made the mistake once of leaving the entire salt container on the table and when I tried to use it, the entire thing dumped onto my plate. Needless to say, that was the last time the salt was left out. Funny how such a small container can be so heavy for a seven year old. It wasn't one of those salt shakers, but the cardboard tube that you get from the store. Not sure why she brought the entire thing to the table. Now I don't leave those containers out or my three 1/2 year old would do the same! So, do you let your kids put salt and pepper on their own food or do you do the job yourself? When do kids become old enough to salt and pepper their own food? Would love to know the answer to that question!
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@ssh123 (31096)
• India
26 Aug 07
The foods that are prepared in south India either for lunch or for dinner, does not require separate salt and pepper. Everything is mixed in the food in such a way, that it is quite sufficient to have a required taste.
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• United States
26 Aug 07
Even here in America, if food is prepared well, it shouldn't require extra spice. I do mine the same way. Of course, I picked up my cooking tricks from a friend of mine from India. She loves cooking and can literally "smell" whether or not the spices are right. She doesn't even have to taste the food. I am not at that level yet, but it is a good point. If it doesn't smell right, then it won't taste good. I don't like it when someone asks to put spices on the food I've prepared. If it didn't taste right, I wouldn't have served it to them! That's my philosophy.
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@ssh123 (31096)
• India
26 Aug 07
I made it a point not have salt and pepper bottles on the dining table. But my wife is a great salt eater. Whatever is prepared, she needs an additional pinch of salt. Life is likethat. Some people always need some thing more of a kind.
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@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
26 Aug 07
well i love salt and pepper myself,but for my babies that are so young,the one loves salt and pepper.so i have a extra shaker and i put a pinch of each in one and he doesit himself.i think its because he just loves to see the specks of black on his food,i dont know.hes only 3.
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• United States
27 Aug 07
That's too cute! I am so afraid that my little one would demand constant control of the pepper shaker and would put it on everything including the cat. Once she finds a good thing, she is not likely to give it up.
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
26 Aug 07
I don't actually put salt on my food unless its already on there i.e. takeout stuff. My husband has salt with his food and allows my 5 year old son to put a little bit on if he wants it. I have never been a salt eating person so even though we have both salt and pepper, it hardly gets used. The only time I salt things is if I am making food for my hubby LOL weird aye!
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• United States
26 Aug 07
I have to be careful about using salt during cooking as well and only use it sparingly. Mostly, cause of the high blood pressure situation. I am worried that he will develop high blood pressure. And, my blood pressure always needs watching as well. It's constant maintenance. So, I prefer to use spices in cooking, that makes food taste better anyway. You hardly miss the salt. I use lots of basil and occasionally Italian spice, but only for Italian dishes.
@mummymo (23707)
30 Aug 07
I love salt but am a great believer in not letting kids get used to the taste of salt - very hard to stop taking it once you start! My 14 yr old gets to add a little salt to food as long as he has checked to see if it needs it first - myself or my partner though still putr salt on my 6 year olds food if she wants it though - I would rather she only for a little and she is very heavy handed! xxx
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
27 Aug 07
Yes I always have salt and pepper on the table- I think I always have- My daughter isn’t into either- unless it’s salt when we are eating corn on the cob-or pepper when she has cottage cheese- I don’t use much salt or pepper either- And now she is 10 and puts her own on- I think I let her at about the age of 7—but I help her.
@Thoroughrob (11748)
• United States
27 Aug 07
My kids are 13 1nd 14 and they do salt and pepper their own food. I didn't let them start until they were 12. They made too much of a mess, and I watched how much they were taking in.
@meljessxena (2317)
• Australia
27 Aug 07
i dont really think young children need to have salt and pepper on their food. sauce yes but not salt and pepper. i grew up with now being allowed to have it on my food, other than what it was cooked in.
@math321 (14)
• Canada
26 Aug 07
well i dont have any kids but my mom tought me not to put salt because abusing from it isnt good for you and i'll prolly do the same with my kid
• Australia
26 Aug 07
I am under the impression that toddlers and children do not need salt and pepper on their food. It isnt healthy for them either. I try not to salt my own food, especially notinfront of my toddler son, because then he wants some, and he doesnt need it, it's only because i got into the bad habbit of using salt that i need salt, so i think the longer they go without, the better. Usually if he does see me put salt on my food, then i pretend to put it on his food and he is satisfied with that. A friend of mine lets her five year old daughter put salt on her own food, and she uses way too much. She'll put some one, then eat a bit, then put more on, then eat some more then decides she needs more! Its definitely a bad thing. I admit though, i am addicted to it, or was far worse addicted before i had my son. I used to have it on everything at dinner. I had to wean my way down to less, because it got to the point where nothing had taste unless i had salt on it, i couldn't even taste the food. So now the only food i really have it on is chips and fries. Those kinds of foods. I season some food with salt and pepper while i cook it, so therefore it doesnt need the extra once it's on my plate.
@Rollo1 (16650)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Aug 07
My son is 7 and insists on putting his own salt on, but I give him the little shakers that you buy in a pair and then throw out when they are empty. It's easier to get less at a time. I do have to watch him though, because it takes time for kids to figure out how much they want, and they always want more than you think they should have. In time, I should be able to let him salt without supervision.