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Is it good to include children in kitchen works before thay are ten?

  1. Kevin Peter profile image72
    Kevin Peterposted 4 years ago

    Is it good to include children in kitchen works before thay are ten?

  2. sarahmoose profile image79
    sarahmooseposted 4 years ago

    My five year old daughter helps out in the kitchen a lot at home. She likes cooking, preparing food and doing the washing up (although she does have to stand on a chair!). I think the sooner they start helping the better, as they learn life skills that are important as they get older.

    1. Kevin Peter profile image72
      Kevin Peterposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks a lot for answering.

  3. joanwz profile image74
    joanwzposted 4 years ago

    I agree with sarahmoose. My kids started out young in kitchen. I didn't let them use knifes early on. I waited until they were about 7 or 8 I think before I started introducing knife skills. I found that letting them have some say in meal preparations made it more likely that they would eat it. It also gave me an opportunity to introduce new foods and seasonings, which they got to experiment with.

    1. Kevin Peter profile image72
      Kevin Peterposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      So knives shouldbe kept apartfrom them, right? However what you said is very correct.

  4. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 4 years ago

    Sure they can start out very young helping out.  Dinner prep can and should be a family affair. That way they learn good skills and also learn the family needs to come together to get things like dinner taken care of.

    1. Kevin Peter profile image72
      Kevin Peterposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Ya, what you said about kids learning good skills is very correct.

  5. Sharkye11 profile image94
    Sharkye11posted 4 years ago

    I would think it to be a good thing. I helped my mother in the kitchen when I was very young. Bu four I could make myself a snack. By ten I could take a turn at making a family meal. (a major confidence booster to a ten year old, even if it was just boiled beans and macaroni and cheese).

    As others have said, it helps teach skills, responsibilities and nutrition. Kitchen tasks can be divided up into many skill levels, and you can slowly introduce more dangerous items based on your child's readiness. At the moment, my two year old helps by bringing me cooking utensils, (non-sharp) pot holders, ingredients (non-breakable), and spices. She loves to "set the table" too, although we usually have to change out some of the dishes she chose. Still, she enjoys being part of what I am doing, and likes for her daddy to tell her that "her meal tastes wonderful".

  6. wychic profile image90
    wychicposted 4 years ago

    Yes. I'd argue that it's not only good, it's required as part of the quest toward a child being self-sustaining. I personally think that they should be included in age-appropriate tasks in the kitchen as early as possible. By 2 or 3 (depending on the child), they can learn how to do things like measure flour or stir a cold dish with close supervision. At 5 years old, my son learned how to cut vegetables and wash dishes. He's now 7, and can readily make salads or sandwiches, clear the table, wash the dishes, and put away everything that's not placed too high for his stepladder to reach. With close supervision, he stirs a hot saucepan and fries things in a skillet. His 2-year-old sister is starting to learn how to measure for baking.

    For myself, I could make entire meals for the family by about 9 years old, and my sister and I frequently baked cookies by ourselves before then. My husband had 6 younger siblings, and cooked for all of them by the time he was 11. Starting at 10 seems awfully late by my frame of reference; the earlier the better.

  7. praveenniru profile image75
    praveenniruposted 4 years ago

    ya it is good to include children  in kitchen works before ten why because now at present society were every thing has became so advanced children should able  to prepare their food in time of need when their parents  are away from house or in their office. If we train them in presence of parents or elders then they can prepare their food safely  and they need not starve or wait for some to come and prepare something for them. It is always good to train children in every work which they have to do by them selves not only kitchen but also may other small works at home like dusting the house and so on.....