My kids are 8 and 6. I let them make their own lunches a lot of the time. My 6 year old can make her own sandwiches, and she gets the soup in the bowl and into the microwave (I get it out), and my son will do his sandwiches, his soup, he makes his own Ramen.
They enjoy doing it, and IMO, it teaches them life skills and independence.
My neighbor says they're too young to learn this stuff and I'm just being lazy. I think she's crazy (she doesn't have kids anyway!) I don't see a problem with it, especially since they enjoy doing it themselves and come away from the table with a sense of accomplishment.
Who else is "lazy" and lets their kids make their own meals like I do?
"If you want children to keep their feet on the ground put some responsibility on their shoulders." Abigail Van Buren
Teaching responsibility is good. Starting at a young age is even better. For those who need books to teach this concept http://astore.amazon.com/wwwcjkidzcom3-20?%5Fencoding=UTF8&node=1
Here is an article showing chores teach responsibility http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/d960917d#/d960917d/38 (may take a minute to load)
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