Tweens in the Kitchen

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food, kitchen"My son just turned 12, I let him cook pizza in the oven, " shares danni33. But mom admits that when it comes to letting her son turn on the stove to boil the water for his Ramen Noodles, she just doesn't have the nerve.


So, help or a hindrance, that is the question. The kitchen is no place for aloofness or mess, but then again, an extra set of hands can be a great thing. No wonder other mothers of tweens had a variety of opinions on the subject of kids in the kitchen.

When asked if they let their tween cook, here's what some moms had to say...

NO they make a mess. They can make sandwiches, get chips, something to drink, heat left overs or frozen microwave food. Cooking, nope.-- gemgem

My son is 10 (will be 11 in March) and just recently started helping me out in the kitchen every evening making dinner. Before, I allowed him use of the microwave and popping pizzas in the oven, but he has really started showing an interest in cooking. By helping me and allowing me to show him more and more each day, I am confident that in no time he will be able to use the stove unassisted. Don't get me wrong, it will be a long time before I trust him to use the stove when I am not home, mainly because of the risk of fire, but I know that the more I can teach him in the kitchen now will increase my confidence for when that day arrives.-- Jen528

I start teaching them at 7. My 10 year old cooks all sorts of things. He's making pizza for dinner tonight (he LOVES to cook!). He made the dough, let it rise, put the sauce on, cooked the sausage, etc. He's been boiling water forever so to me that really doesn't soundlike a big deal. Started cooking at that age too.-- Pauline3283

Do you let your tween cook?

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Diann... Dianne1259

I started to learn to cook around age 7.  My grandfather was a baker, my dad was an award winning baker, my mom was a Caterer so it was just normal that I learn to cook early.  After years in Law, I got some Culinary Arts training.  Now I teach my 10 yr old to cook a bit at a time.  My 13 yr old isn't interested.  Oh well, some day when he is on his own, he won't be able to just say "Mom, what's for dinner!!??"

cmommag cmommag

My daughter turned 12 in Dec. and she's been making ramen noodles on the stove for about two years.  And she loves scrambled eggs, been doing those about two years too.  I think it depends on the child.  I can't imagine my sons being ready to cook ever. LOL

Acid Acid

My daughter will be 12 next month.  She likes to help me chop vegetables, every so often she will invent something.  She has made apple cakes, phyllo dough, apples and five mins under a broiler.  SHe also made crash sauce(a mix of both our first names)..that is a secret I am not allowed to give away.  We have pizza and movie nights and she helps to get things set up.

hotfu... hotfudgesunday

My son is 2 1/2 and he helps me make bread, pizza dough, lasagna, eggs, pizza.... just about any thing that I have the patience for :) It is not every meal, but a couple times a week. I know that he doesn't fit into the "tween" age, but I expect by the time he does that he will be a big help in the kitchen.

karen... karenmomtonomi

My daugther turned 11 and found a cookbook for kids in the library. That ignigted and interest in the kitchen. So far we have experimented with scrambled eggs, smoothies, popcorn with different toppings, muffins. Now she wants to try to make cookies on her own....we'll see about that.

PAMA50 PAMA50

I let my grandson make the Thanksgiving turkey with my supervision when he was 10! It was delicious and he & now his 3 younger brothers, still love to come and help me cook the turkey dinner every year! The 3 littler boys (7 yr old & 5 yr old twins) were happy just to cut up celery and help with the stuffing  or pour the corn into a pan ect!!It's  great that they want to help and learn to cook!  I did the same thing with my daughter when she was little too!

LunaW... LunaWolfsMystic

My middle daughter is 13 and has dreams to be an aspired chef, she gets in the kitchen and does it all, even the mixers!  The 14 year old sometimes joins her but really doesn't have the desire to cook, prefers someone caters to her, lol.  However the 11 yr old is seeking interest and helping her sister out some in the kitchen.


I see nothing wrong with letting them cook, I agree they don't clean up their mess, but hey what good chef has to do that? LOL! 


Teach them the safety rules and start with them in the kitchen, it's a great bonding process too and gives them a boost to their self esteem when they start something like baking a cake and finish it through to everyone raving about how good it looked and tasted!


~Vicki Green

xxPau... xxPaulaxx

I started learning how to cook when I was six, and that was on a gas stove with an open flame. Just soup, but I helped cook any time I got the chance, and was making dinner for my family by the time I was 10. I think it's best to teach kids early, that way they know how careful you need to be around the kitchen.

renee... reneetheca

MY 10 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER HAS BEEN IN THE KITCHEN FOR YEARS AND COOKING FOR ABOUT 2 YEARS.  GROWING UP I ALWAYS LOVED THE KITCHEN. THAT WAS WHERE MOM AND I TALKED THE MOST AND I LEARNED AS WE CHATTED.  IF YOU LIKE TO COOK I THINK YOU SHOULD OPEN IT UP TO Ywink mini

mama2... mama2kylie

My daughter will be 4 in June and has been helping me in the kitchen since she was a little over a year old. I started off just letting her hold the electric beater in things. But now she stirs food. makes sandwiches. pours drinks, washes dishes, pretty much everything except mess with the oven. Of course it all supervised unless its a sandwhich or drink.

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