Yes! I taught both my kids how to cook, and bake starting from age 2. Obviously, at age two they were just helping me stir and things, but it gave them the basics from almost day one. My older son, loves to cook, and create in the kitchen.
It is important to teach your children how to cook, and it creates special memories for all. I wrote a hub on this, if you care to read it.
Yes - they should spend time from a young age with Mum / Dad in the kitchen learning from a young age so they can cook for themselves as well as the family .
It is sad to hear about people growing up unable to cook.
Yes I taught both my kids how to bake and cook from an early age They're all grown up now and are both creative in the kitchen. They are able to come up with their own recipes and have come up with a few adaptations of some of mine that are genius. My son's wife loves the fact that he can cook, because she doesn't like it much and isn't nearly as handy in the kitchen as he is.
Yes, I never learned as a child and now as an adult I am a terrible cook! I tend to forget to eat and get headaches as a result. Please teach the children this necessary skill.
Absolutely. Not knowing how to cook and bake dooms your children to a life of terrible food and eating out. Not only is eating out far more expensive than eating in, it's also mch harder to stick to a healthy diet when you have to eat out constantly.
I was taught to cook from a young age, and I'm happier for it. So is my wife.
Yes - My family taught me at an early age and it has provides me some of the best life moments while enjoying family, friends and good food.
Absolutely! Teaching kids how to cook is teaching them more than just preparing food. When you teach a child how to cook your also teaching them creativity, and knowledge of other cultures and what the other cultures eat. Your also teaching them timing, accuracy and dexterity. I think its important to teach kids about the responsibility of handling dangerous equipment in the kitchen. (how to hold a knife, how ovens, stove tops and deep fryers work, etc) I was thought by my mother and grandparents how to cook safely in a kitchen at a young age and i couldn't be more grateful. Because of the interest they gave me in they in the culinary arts, i went on to gain an associates degree in culinary arts with Le Cordon Bleu. I may not have done this if i was not encouraged to cook when i was little. I believe that its just another door you can open for your children, just make sure there only cooking with you present in the kitchen to ensure safety until they reach an age where their capable of cooking on their own.
Yes! I learned to cook and bake at a young age. To this day, I enjoy working in the kitchen. I owe it to my early education at home.
I'd say yes. I took my first cooking class in second grade at a children's rec facility on the base my family was living at in Germany. It's been my passion ever since.
I wholeheartedly agree with all of you. When i left home I really had no idea, except for alittle baking. I am making sure my children get in the kitchen whenever possible. It is so important for them to have these skills. Freecampingaussie, you're right....it is sad.
Josnwz, good on you for teaching your kids. It must be great when they come up with those variations:)
Shiningirisheyes...that's also what it's about isn't it....enjoying together!
Yoginjoy.... Sorry to hear that you did not learn&suffer from headaches. Try my trick. Start googling&before you shop, plan your meals ahead so you know what ingredients to buy. It's so important to feed our bodies well, regularly.
Skyslave, you brought up some very good points re. Safety
Volitans, totally agree. Eating out should be done occasionally. It sure is more expensive&you can't always be sure what you are eating either.
Vespawoolf, great that you learnt at home too.
Marntzu, what a wonderful passion!
Absolutely, most of them love doing it, for the purpose of spending more time with us parents, and it is fun to!
I do think that children must all learn some basic know-how in the kitchen simply because we are an evolving specie. Knowledge is power and teaching our children some basic kitchen rudiments will help build their self esteem, gain more self-confidence, and help empower them in the future. They will learn safety measures all the time and so they will gain insights of the dangers they are to face outside the home. They will learn how to be very patient, diligent, consistent, some level of accuracy which they will learn and develop while learning how to bake. They will learn to do the math too. They will learn to be creative, resourceful and innovative and a whole lot more. But I don't believe in forcing a child in learning something he/she doesn't like. And the best time to introduce and teach a child on basic kitchen rudiments (it is the same with other form of learning) is when they are inquisitive the most because the love for learning will come naturally to them.
I absolutely think that children should learn to bake and cook. Of course, they should only be doing age-appropriate tasks--being careful with knives, hot pots, etc. AND with adult supervision.
Not only does learning to cook give them a feeling of accomplishment and self sufficiency, but it can also be an enjoyable hobby or even a great career! Today's child learning to fry an egg could be tomorrow's celebrated chef!
I would say yes definitely. Kids should learn their way around the kitchen and how to handle the equipment. It's good for them to learn how to take care of things around the house they live in. It's to their advantage to know these things before they get out there on their own.
I would say let them be children & explore their childhood. When they are teenagers, they can learn to cook. Children who have responsibilities thrust upon them in childhood, learn to resent them as such responsibilities distract from a normative childhood. They have plenty of time to learn to cook & bake. Let them be children!
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