Do you let your child cook in the kitchen?

Leah - posted on 05/05/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )




Do you let your 10 year old cook? My daughter can make French toast and simple foods like that. I am always in the kitchen with her when the stove is on, but let her do all the work. What about you?


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Jamie - posted on 02/27/2013




My 10 year old cooks a little bit. He can safely use the toaster and the microwave. He loves making sandwiches. He can prepare his most basic favorite foods, mostly because that allows me to sleep in on Saturday mornings ;) Cereal, quesadillas, toast and cream cheese, juice. AND he can peel carrots and make a salad.

Mostly my kids are pretty good assistant chefs. They run around and prepare ingredients, then I do most of the chopping and cooking that involves fire.

Denikka - posted on 12/02/2012




I would love to have my 3.5 yr old cook with me. And he'd love to help. But to be honest, he's a bit...overzelous XD He can cut things up using a dull (butter knife), but having him do a task such as pouring ingredients or peeling potatoes or anything like that, just scares me. Injuries don't seem to dissuade him either, so for you, he's a minimal help in the kitchen :P We'll be waiting a few more years, at LEAST, before he can be a more integral help in the kitchen.

My (almost) 2 year old little girl is a bit calmer, and over the next year, I'm probably going to attempt to get her to help me more in the kitchen. She already unloads the dishwasher, almost completely by herself, and I trust her a lot more around sharp objects.

At 10 years old, I think that a child should absolutely be able to care for themselves in a basic sense. That includes being able to cook to an extent. Basic foods, things like pancakes, eggs, grilled cheese, pasta, the ability to reheat foods (on the stove/in the oven, not just in a microwave) and, with those skills, a more important one, the basic ability to follow a recipe. By 10 I would not just encourage, but expect my children to help with cooking duties.

Cassy - posted on 12/02/2012




Oh yes. My son (who's 10) loves to cook. He's been in the kitchen with me since he was 2. He can cook a lot of things by himself. I'm always near by just in case something happens, but I let him cook alone. He even makes dinner 1 night a week.

Mikesha - posted on 06/29/2012




I sure do. I have her help me everyday. She can make eggs, cornbread, pasta, grill cheese and other simple foods. She loves it. She also loves to help me clean :) Love her!

Louise - posted on 05/05/2012




My three year old is always in the kitchen with me. She peels potatoes and carrots, mixes foods that need mixing, stirs food on the hob with my help. Puts things in the micorwave and turns them on. Washes up, wipes the surfaces. Lays the table. She is my little helper! She has her own apron and she decides what she wants for tea and I find if she helps make it she is more likely to eat it. Luckily for me my daughter loves her vegetables and eats healthily.

Kimberly - posted on 05/05/2012




Well I know I'm a little young for this group as my daughter is only 2.5 but we cook together in the kitchen alot, we made stirfry tonight and she pours in the rice(i measure) then tells me when to stop with water, chops up capsuims and beans with her little knife. She loves helping prepare food but she is very aware that she has to have me with her and that she isnt allowed to touch the stove at all no matter if it on or not. I think kids cooking is great as it teaches them skills they will use later in life

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