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Do your children cook?
Do your children cook?
Do sandwiches count? [ 1 ] ** [16.67%]
They bake cookies and cupcakes. [ 2 ] ** [33.33%]
They cook breakfast items. [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
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Only under strict supervision. [ 3 ] ** [50.00%]
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ImagineThat
post Oct 3 2005, 03:50 PM
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How old were you when you first cooked something? I think I was about 12. I had to bake a cake as part of the requirements for a Girl Scout badge. (IMG:/forum/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) It was a mix and I had to "glue" the crumbly cake together with icing. LOL!
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post Oct 3 2005, 07:27 PM
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I always liked cooking when I was little- I probably started at 9 or 10. My aunt used to laugh at my blue cakes... when it came to icing, I always liked blue!

My oldest (9) loves to cook and can sort of make spagetti (with a lot of supervision.) He has an Easy Bake oven (to the horror of my sister... a PINK oven... my mom put dinosaur stickers on it to make it "manly") and he loves to play with it whenver I'm willing to deal with the mess.
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post Oct 3 2005, 08:22 PM
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Maybe he'll be another Emeril! (IMG:/forum/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) And, hey! Having another cook in the house is a great thing especially if you're tired or sick. I was always grateful for my bedside meals when I was sick. AND, everyone, sons included, need to know how to take care of themselves. There's no guarantee that sons will marry someone who'll be able to cook, that they'll find a wife, or that they'll be able to afford a cook. (IMG:/forum/style_emoticons/default/think.gif)
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post Oct 4 2005, 07:03 AM
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I guess i can cook a little or more but i hate it! Standing hours and hours in the kitchen and then in 5-10 minutes it is all gone and just the clean up left. lol
But I do it for the money saving, healthier eating and for my son who is really allergic to almost everything so I even have to knead the pizza dough myself. He is 2 years old now but definitly make him learn how to cook. I wish I had a husband who knows how to cook.... I am lucky if I have the coffee cooked for me. lolol
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post Oct 4 2005, 08:10 AM
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(IMG:/forum/style_emoticons/default/hi.gif) Hi, anya! Does your son help you roll the dough out? My granddaughter is 19 months old. I made up some sugar cookie dough for us to cut cookie shapes. Unfortunately, she was really too tired when we attempted it. I'll try again another time, but you just gave me an idea. She could also help me roll and cut out biscuits! My children always loved getting the "scrappies",leftover biscuit dough. Mmmm...LOL! I like it,too.

Sorry to hear about your son's allergies. Are they life-time allergies or will he outgrow them? My son developed food allergies when he was about 11 years old. We did the no wheat, egg or milk routine for a year. Then, we gradually re-introduced the no-no foods. He's a grown man now and never had anymore problems.

Hey! (IMG:/forum/style_emoticons/default/lightbulb.gif) Would you start a thread about food allergies? I think it affects more children than we often realize. I'd love to hear what kinds of recipes and ingredients you use. Do you do your son's meals separately or does the whole family eat the allergy-free meals?
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post Oct 4 2005, 08:31 AM
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When I was old enough, my Mom taught me how to make scrambled eggs and toast. This has proved invaluable because I turned out to be a bad cook with most things, but I can make a good breakfast. Also the Easy Mac (mac and cheese) is something that kids can stir, and my son loves it.
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post Oct 4 2005, 09:13 AM
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My oldest daughter, 6, loves to cook. She has always loved to help me in the kitchen, so I enrolled her in cooking classes that her school offered starting with PreK last year. They make lots of fun goodies - mostly just learning how to mix and spread and assemble, but it's laying the foundation. The class also teaches them manners while eating. (IMG:/forum/style_emoticons/default/clapping.gif)

I have always loved to cook and always helped my mom - I remember cooking spaghetti at the age of 5. I even started making all of Thanksgiving dinner by myself when I was 13. And I've done it every year since!

We try to do at least one fun cooking project a week, in addition to her class. I remember when she was 3, I made a ton of Christmas cookies and left my husband with my stepson and her to decorate them while I did some Christmas shopping. I don't think I stayed out long enough (IMG:/forum/style_emoticons/default/eek.gif) - the kitchen was a disaster area when I got home. They had a wonderful time and even cleaned up.

Now my youngest, 2, is starting to get involved - she loves to hold the spoon and mix. My husband's goal is to have one of them be a chef and the other the cleaner, then we won't have to do anything!!
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Oh yeah ImagineThat!

He helps trust me! on his own way lol. He is coverd with flour. Yes he is a big helper.
He was born with this allergies and they say he might outgrow them. Age 5 is a big change in the immune system so we will see.... He has already outgrown the wheat and corn but still has allergies to soy, milk, egg, peanut and meats! Almost all protein! yes he is a vegetarian. Fortunatelly he does not know yet what he is missing. Some of those allergies very serious (anaphylaxis) some 'just' rash. His diet is very limited but not just because his allergies but being a picky eater (he is 2 years old!).
Oh I can talk and talk about this issues. And yes there are a lot of kids with allergies and the medical science knows very little about this illnes.
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(IMG:/forum/style_emoticons/default/hi.gif) anya! An allergy to soy is a new one for me. Can your son drink goat's milk? I know that used to be a common substitution for children allergic to cow's milk.

I bet you've gotten very creative in the kitchen knowing that you have to avoid certain foods. What are your son's favorite meals?

(IMG:/forum/style_emoticons/default/hi.gif) CristinaEM! WoW! Your school offers cooking classes for the young children. That's wonderful! I really don't think that you can start too early to introduce life skills to children. There's an adage, "Strike while the iron is hot". The same holds true of children and teaching. While the children are young, everything is so new and fascinating to them and they still have a strong desire to emmulate or please parents and teachers, is the best time for introducing new skills and concepts. (IMG:/forum/style_emoticons/default/clapping.gif) (IMG:/forum/style_emoticons/default/smart.gif)

(IMG:/forum/style_emoticons/default/hi.gif) Renee! Well, you know what they say, "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. " (IMG:http://people.Delphiforums.com/Sunshine210/nod.gif)
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