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When to let them cook?

Posted by on Mar. 25, 2013 at 11:06 AM
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My oldest is 7 and very interested in cooking. i have always let my kids make their own sandwiches, make toast, help mix ingredients to a cake and stuff but my question is when would be a good age to let them make eggs, French toast smaller stuff on the stove?
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MJP76
by on Mar. 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM

When they can reach it without being too close to the burners. If a stepping stool helps then so be it.

i have always let my kids help prepare dinners and such.. However I have short kids..lol so the two oldest I actually started to let them cook on the stove around 12. That's mostly just my paranoia though. 

Kermitthemom23
by Member on Mar. 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Im starting to teach my 7 yo some simple recipes to do herself and having her help on others
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iansusie
by on Mar. 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

I think it depends on the child. Their maturity and their height are 2 important things. I would not let my 8yr old near a stove because #1 he is not tall enough to reach to stir or flip without a stool and #2 he is not mature or responsible enough to use the stove. I'd say they have to be at least 10!

jaytee
by Jen on Mar. 25, 2013 at 12:55 PM

 All by themselves? I say 9-10, that is just my opinion though. Helping? As early as you feel comfortable. My 4 year old is an excellent kitchen helper.

debramommyof4
by Bronze Member on Mar. 25, 2013 at 1:01 PM

 My 7 year old made homemade chicken strips and corn on the cob.  She also cooked Fathers Day breakfast.  I do have to stand there and watch her but she can do it herself.

Emeraldmama7
by Member on Mar. 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM

My kids always help me in the kitchen.  Before and during the cooking process.  I allowed my 11 yr old daughter to cook a few things when she turned 10.  So far the only thing she has been able to do without my help is scrambled eggs.  She is a very mature yet cautious child and is afraid of burning herself on draining noodles or flipping things in a pan.  She does help me stir dinners often though, especially when I am breastfeeding the baby. 

907PickleMom
by Member on Mar. 25, 2013 at 1:18 PM
I think maturity is a big thing.. DS is 5 1/2 and helps a lot and can make his own bowl of cereal or pb&j


Quoting iansusie:

I think it depends on the child. Their maturity and their height are 2 important things. I would not let my 8yr old near a stove because #1 he is not tall enough to reach to stir or flip without a stool and #2 he is not mature or responsible enough to use the stove. I'd say they have to be at least 10!


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KRIZZ25
by Bronze Member on Mar. 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM
MINE HAVE STARTED PUTTING MILK IN THAR BOWL AT 6 .NOW MY 11 YEAR OLD CAN MAKE EGGS,PANCAKES,CAKES..MY 8 YEARS OLDS ARE DOING SIMPLE STUFF.
corrinacs
by Silver Member on Mar. 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM

I have no idea.  I was good at that by 8th grade or so, but I can't remember the first time my mom let me near the stove on my own (usualyl to help her out).

My son is 5 and we cook together now all the time.  But I'm right behind him.

Newfie_Mom
by Member on Mar. 25, 2013 at 1:23 PM
My DD (8) cooks quite a bit with me standing next to her giving instructions or helping her understand what she read from a recipe. She can bake fairly independently (I stand next to her when putting in the oven and I take it out.) and if its microwaveable or toast oven made she is on her own. (Supervision for these stopped this year) I do go behind her to make sure she turns everything off and I'm always in the kitchen with her even if I'm not standing by her side supervising.
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