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How old were your dc when they could . . .

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Takver Tue 19-Jul-11 22:17:20

- chop up vegetables reasonably easily (things like carrots, onions, turnips rather than 'soft' veg like tomatoes)

- slice bread (straight & without mangling it)

- drain a hot pan of pasta or similar safely?

HoneyPablo Wed 20-Jul-11 09:17:08

DS is 22 and still can't do any of that grin

Takver Wed 20-Jul-11 09:43:51

Erk - that's not what I want to hear!

Lexiejack Wed 20-Jul-11 10:12:56

4 yr old step daughter chops carrots reasonably well. As in hasn't chopped off any fingers yet smile

Takver Wed 20-Jul-11 10:50:57

OK, so we're talking a spread of ages here . . .

tabulahrasa Wed 20-Jul-11 10:53:13

both mine can chop veg, they're 11 and 15 - not the next two though, lol

Lexiejack Wed 20-Jul-11 11:45:36

I think it varies. depending on when u let them and show them how to do it.

GooseyLoosey Wed 20-Jul-11 11:47:54

Mine are 6 and 8 and would let them chop some veg (that did not require too sharp a knife - so no onions). I wouldn't let them try the others for some years.

MockingbirdsNotForSale Wed 20-Jul-11 16:27:07

I am 33 and I cannot slice bread straight yet and often mangle. Apparently I can only be referred if I still can't do it when I'm 40....

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MockingbirdsNotForSale Wed 20-Jul-11 16:27:37

I am 33 and I cannot slice bread straight yet and often mangle. Apparently I can only be referred if I still can't do it when I'm 40....

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MockingbirdsNotForSale Wed 20-Jul-11 16:28:10

Evidently I cannot post correctly either.....

LawrieMarlow Wed 20-Jul-11 16:33:33

I am 35 and also am useless at slicing bread. Do occasionally wonder if this was contributory factor in H leaving me but on balance probably not grin

MaeMobley Wed 20-Jul-11 16:34:54

I am 41 and am rubbish at slicing bread. DH winces when he sees me trying.

Notanexcitingname Wed 20-Jul-11 17:00:45

I am 37 and not allowed near the bread.
DH is 40 and not allowed to strain the pasta (always tips it down the sink angry)
DS1 is 5 and is getting on for being OK to chop carrots, but I'd not let him loose on larger veg like turnips.

fatandknackered Wed 20-Jul-11 17:06:08

I can barely do those things, and I'm pushing 40 blush

cory Wed 20-Jul-11 17:24:45

It varies- and it's not always the parents' fault either. Some children are very sensible and have great manual control, others less so.

happygilmore Wed 20-Jul-11 17:33:04

yep I'm 30 and can't slice bread either!

clingingtosanity Wed 20-Jul-11 17:37:08

I also can't slice fresh bread without squashing & mangling it - marginally better than DH though.

After sustaining numerous injuries whilst preparing swede I'm considering whether I should really be allowed near it with a sharp implement.....

ShowOfHands Wed 20-Jul-11 17:40:44

I'm not allowed to slice bread either. Because what I do isn't slicing, it's torturing.

DD is 4 and can chop vegetables adequately. Boiling water is off limits until she's five much older.

Beamur Wed 20-Jul-11 17:44:49

I am too nervous to allow DD 4 a sharp knife, but suspect she would be fine - she is very tidy and orderly when chopping soft things (blunt knife) like mushrooms.
DSS could do all of these things very competently before senior school.
DSD now 16, probably can't do any of them! She mangles bread - I usually buy cut bread during the weeks they are with us to spare her the agony grin

Dumbledoresgirl Wed 20-Jul-11 17:51:17

Ds3 (8) and dd (11) have just chopped some carrots and peppers for me. Ds struggled with the peppers but he is left handed so I think he finds it hard to copy my (right handed) techniques, if that makes sense.

Re bread: ds2 (13) prides himself on his bread cutting skills, but ds1 (15) (another lefthander - is this a theme?) is hopeless. I think many adults lack the bread cutting skill tbh.

Draining a pan of hot pasta: oh god, I wouldn't let any of them anywhere near such a thing! But all but the 8 year old can pour boiling water from a kettle to make me a cup of tea.

GrimmaTheNome Wed 20-Jul-11 18:02:56

I was away for an evening last week and DD announced she'd make dinner, and proposed pasta. DH instantly springs in to try to veto her dealing with pans of boiling water, whereat she went hmm and pointed out that she'd be straining carrots and potatoes in food tech to make soup that day.

They really have to be able to chop and drain by the time they reach secondary school!

She's been able to cut carrots etc for a few years (can't remember when exactly) - TBH once you trust them with a sharp knife its easier than trying to use a blunt one. (and FWIW I reckon you can only cut tomatoes properly with a serrated knife otherwise they squish)

She won't try cutting bread though - you really do have to use a proper breadknife and its a bit big for her. DH tends to mangle it - left hander but main problem is he will try to do it on a plate rather than bothering to get the breadboard out - it does make difference.

ragged Wed 20-Jul-11 18:55:26

lol@ Mockingbird's referral at age 40...

DS started peeling & chopping hard vegies at 8yo; DD is 9yo and still can't seem to do it safely/confidently.

I haven't tried to show him how to drain pasta, but I guess DS could reasonably do it now (rising 12yo). I know my friend's 13yo can confidently cook pasta as tea for everybody.

I am 44 & can't slice bread well! But I'd probably let my 9-10yo try it without supervision (after initial supervision period).

pranma Wed 20-Jul-11 20:12:41

I am 67 and cannot cut a straight slice of bread though I can manage the other things smile

Tconvert Wed 20-Jul-11 21:17:22

When I was 12/13 I was making roulades and cakes...I loved cooking. By 16, I remember making my family one night avocado and watercress soup, spinach and mushroom lasagne and peach tart...everything from scratch.

I am now 41 and I've not cooked a proper meal in about a year. blush.

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