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When did other Mums get their kids to start cooking? My kids are now 8 and 10 and I’m thinking they could be helping out with dinner by now.

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Posted anonymously, 11th November 2019


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  • Yes they can help to to set dining table and after dinner help you to clean all the stuff


  • My daughter started helping me at four. By the time my daughter was 10 she was able to use the oven and stove top to make things that just needed to be heated. It wasnt until about 14 that she really started making meals.


  • My kids started helping around 3 or 4 with the preparation. My eldest joined cubs and at age 8 he cooked a meal for the family to get his cook’s badge. My girls joined brownies and had similar tasks to earn badges. I found they all loved helping and cooking an occasional meal as they felt more grown up.


  • With my daughter & son I started getting them to help with small tasks at 3 years old and gradually increased what they did as they grew and they skill level. My daughter can cook a lot of stuff know at 9 years old and my son is increasing his skills as he is 7 years younger


  • My boys started helping when they were around 5. It was more with preparation to start with and they used to fight over who got to wash and dry the dishes. I’d let them peel veges and they also could make up salads but I never let them near the stove or oven. I wouldn’t let them near the stove and oven until they were between 8 & 9. They loved to cook and my eldest is now married and he loves cooking. I think it all depends on the child and if you believe they are responsible enough. I just made sure I was always with them until I felt comfortable.


  • Yep, a great age. I had to learn to cook dinner when I was ten


  • I started my kids to do small task of cooking while they were in preschool.Also let them to watch how to cook.They will learn easily.


  • The earlier the better! It’s a great skill and encourages children to get a better understanding of food and a willingness to try new things.


  • Start slowly with easy tasks im sure they would love to help with the cooking


  • When they are old enough to help and you think they are fine around hot things like the stove and ingredients


  • It’s an important life skill. I remember cooking dinner for the whole family at 11 and feeling accomplished.
    My husband never had that encouragement and isn’t able to cook anything for himself. As an adult I’ve had to show him the basics that just come naturally to me.

    So it really is something important to have and the sooner the better (age appropriate wise). You don’t want them to become clueless adults and it will be harder to convince a teenager.


  • I too think the earlier the better.


  • My kids are 5 and 7 and they love to help out with dinner prep. It makes it a longer process bit they seem to eat better knowing they made it


  • I used to pick one day a week that I really gave cooking lessons to my kids, they LOVED it. However our life is complicated and very challenging due to my 9yr old having kleptomania in the context of RAD with a shallow conscience ; sadly enough it has become impossible to cook together.


  • That’s a great idea!


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