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How can I get my daughter's to want to learn how to cook ?

I have a 13yrs old and a 17rs old. Well the 17 yrs old know's how to cook somewhat but not alot. And my 13yrs old doesnt seem to want to learn . What idea's can I give them to want to learn how to cook ?

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Asked by judybronxmom68 at 8:27 AM on Oct. 19, 2010 in Teens (13-17)

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  • I didn't have much interest at that age. Maybe as she gets older she'll want to learn. Now at 24 I'm a mediocre cook but at 13 and even 17 my expertise was pb&j and hot dogs. lol

    Answer by tnm786 at 8:30 AM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • Thank you tnm786, that is all they are into also. Looking back I was the same way at their age ...LOL

    Comment by judybronxmom68 (original poster) at 8:32 AM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • Tell them you're not cooking for them anymore? lol I'm just kidding. Maybe get them a recipe book? I really don't know.

    Answer by Aingls at 8:33 AM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • You put them in charge of one meal a week. Planning, purchasing, cooking, and cleaning.
    And for those that have sons - this shouldn't just be daughters doing this......sons also need to learn to cook. The worst thing a mother of sons can do is to not equip them to survive in the world. They need to cook, clean, and do laundry on their own.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 8:34 AM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • she's still a little young to worry about it too much. Maybe if you have a baking day every once in a while for fun things. Like decorated cookies and the like.
    Later on if she still doesn't take to it, then I'd get her the book 'help! my apartment has a kitchen!' its got some of the neatest tips in it.
    Like how you would cook a chicken if you only had a tea pot, or can you add water to pasta after you've started cooking, and things like that. :)

    Answer by ItsMe89 at 8:36 AM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • Thanks everyone i will try that one week ( twinsplus2more )... And that's okay,, Ainqls
    Thank you

    Comment by judybronxmom68 (original poster) at 8:37 AM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • lol @twinsplus2more, i wish my mother in law had taught my hubby how to cook! he can do mac and cheese and scrambled eggs. the other day i had to walk him through how to make a frozen pizza! i have all girls and i will teach them when they want to learn but i would do the same if i had a boy!

    Answer by tnm786 at 8:37 AM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • Are there certain types of food they are interested in? (French, Thai, etc.) If there are, get them a cookbook on that type of cuisine, maybe it will spark some interest in actually preparing some dishes.

    Answer by Scuba at 8:37 AM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • tell them that a way to a man's heart is through their mouth. Maybe that should only be for your 17 year old. But, it's very true. I've never had a boyfriend that didn't LOVE the fact that i cook well.

    I liked to cook at that age. No one in my family cooked, and i wanted to eat yummier food. So, i started around 14. By the time i was 18, i was working as a prep cook at a fancy restaurant in Cambridge, MA. That is where i learned most of what i know now. But, i always loved i always liked to cook. I'm still learning new things all the time. LOVE being in the kitchen!

    Answer by samurai_chica at 8:42 AM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • Give them just one task at a time until they learn basics - like plan to be busy folding laundry and have them brown ground beef or cut up some vegetables to be ready when you're done. Next time give them a different job. Let them get the idea that it's easy and teach them a bunch of little skills that they can then put together to make something start to finish instead of overwhelming them all at once.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:47 AM on Oct. 19, 2010

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