to think 14 yo's are capable of opening a tin of beans?

(85 Posts)
GladRagsandHandbags Tue 02-Aug-16 15:56:05

DSD is with us for some of the summer hols.

DH asked her to help make a fry up breakfast at the weekend.
He gave her a ring pull tin of beans but she didn't know how to open it and nearly sliced her hand up when DH explained how to do it.

Are most 14 yo's like this?
I was like shock

NeedACleverNN Tue 02-Aug-16 15:56:53

I would have thought they could..especially a ring pull

Actual tin opener can be a bit more difficult

Lilaclily Tue 02-Aug-16 15:57:52

Has she got an extra needs we should be aware of before commenting
I know my 9 year would do that fine but my 12 year would have trouble, he's hypermobile though

Plus it is really easy to pull the ring pull and cut your hand

Salmotrutta Tue 02-Aug-16 15:58:43

To be fair, I have nearly sliced my finger off with those ring pulls in the past but I'm very surprised a teenager didn't know how it "worked"!!

Missgraeme Tue 02-Aug-16 15:59:37

My 14 year old son is pretty good in the kitchen. Can use oven /micro etc. .cant do dishes tho.

myownprivateidaho Tue 02-Aug-16 16:00:46

It doesn't seem very kind to post this. Big deal, we've all been in the situation of not having picked up on something that everyone else ha, or have done a shitty job of something at some point.

GladRagsandHandbags Tue 02-Aug-16 16:01:20

She's in the gifted and talented stream at school, so no special needs.

DixieNormas Tue 02-Aug-16 16:04:12

Ds2 is on the g&t at school, doesn't always have that much common sense though!

He doesn't have trouble opening beans

BossWitch Tue 02-Aug-16 16:06:09

Unless there are additional needs, they need to get a fucking grip on themselves and start learning how to function in the world. Unable to open a tunnel of beans with a ring pull - seriously?! Use the rest of the summer holidays to teach basic skills. Using kitchen equipment safely, basic diy stuff (how to change a bulb, reset a fuse box, use a screwdriver, spirit level, saw, that sort of stuff), how to use washing machine, how to change bedsheets. I couldn't believe the number of people I lived with at uni who couldn't do the simplest of things. Get her up to speed and if possible, give her a headstart!

Chinks123 Tue 02-Aug-16 16:06:21

Well she's obviously not been taught how to open a tin of beans then. Simple things are usually simple because someone (parents usually) has shown us how to do it first.

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Tue 02-Aug-16 16:06:30

My DSS wouldn't.

He was moaning the other day about not knowing how to hang washing out to dry because no one has ever shown him how.

He's 15!grin

practy Tue 02-Aug-16 16:09:22

Yes I agree that it is a good idea to teach her lots of basic things. Easy to criticise teenagers like this, but they only don't know because they have never had the chance to do it.

ExAstris Tue 02-Aug-16 16:10:59

OP, you do know Gifted and Talented and SN are not mutually exclusive? My DS1 is, we believe, an aspie (diagnosis in progress) and is also academically very bright. It's not uncommon.

BertrandRussell Tue 02-Aug-16 16:11:34

Personally, I think an NT 14 year old should be able to do absolutely anything necessary around the house.

nanetterose Tue 02-Aug-16 16:13:09

I've found the more gifted and talented students take longer to learn the more boring aspects of life.
It is the flip side.
Gifted and talented within the boundaries of educational settings is always seen as some kind of superior being.
However the world needs all types ,types that get the practical side of life!
However,it is possible she knew how and was just worried about breaking her nails/ cutting her finger.

acasualobserver Tue 02-Aug-16 16:14:24

Unable to open a tunnel of beans with a ring pull - seriously?!

To be fair, I was in my early 20s before I attempted the tunnel of beans.

BorpBorpBorp Tue 02-Aug-16 16:15:30

The Tunnel of Beans is my absolute favourite ride at Thorpe Park.

GladRagsandHandbags Tue 02-Aug-16 16:16:16

''Unable to open a tunnel of beans with a ring pull - seriously?! Use the rest of the summer holidays to teach basic skills. Using kitchen equipment safely, basic diy stuff (how to change a bulb, reset a fuse box, use a screwdriver, spirit level, saw, that sort of stuff), how to use washing machine, how to change bedsheets. I couldn't believe the number of people I lived with at uni who couldn't do the simplest of things.''

This is what I'm worried about.
She's rapidly flying towards adulthood, wanting the hair/clothes and freedoms of adulthood but somewhat lacking the practicality's and responsibilities needed.

DH and I didn't draw attention to it but we are worried.

I have been in her life since the age of two and absolutely want the best for her.

As she's older she doesn't come to stay as often as she did as a child, so we are not as familiar as we were with how she is doing in some areas of her life.

ParadiseCity Tue 02-Aug-16 16:17:22

It occurred to me the other day I have never explained to DS how to open a ring pull tin. I talked him through it on the phone, I was so proud to hear the sound of it opening, as it is the wierdest thing to try and describe instructions for!

If no one has ever shown you how to do something, its fair enough not to know how to do it... surely?

BertrandRussell Tue 02-Aug-16 16:18:25

"I've found the more gifted and talented students take longer to learn the more boring aspects of life"

I've known lots of adults- particularly men- who pull this one too..............

mumofthemonsters808 Tue 02-Aug-16 16:20:28

She probably does not know how to do it because she's never had to, my 14 year old only gets herself a drink, everything else food wise I do it for her, even the simple things like toast and sandwiches.My MAm did the same for me, for many years. If you want her to be able to prepare a meal, a few lessons and she'll soon get the hang of it.

Amelie10 Tue 02-Aug-16 16:20:32

Goodness she sounds useless! She needs some lessons in basic skills.

woopywoo Tue 02-Aug-16 16:21:11

But surely she's opened a can of pop before? Same principle?

BossWitch Tue 02-Aug-16 16:21:36

Oh I love autocorrect sometimes - tunnel of beans is making me smile very broadly on an otherwise grey day!

Apologies for my lack of proofreading though blush

VioletBam Tue 02-Aug-16 16:22:56

I think YABU for expecting ALL 14 year olds to be able to open a ring pull.

Some people just have weak hands and wrists. I do. I struggle with them...always have as a matter of fact and I am 43 with no SN.

Not "useless" as someone said hmm

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