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At what age should one cave in to child's request for a blowtorch?

(11 Posts)
vincentvangogh Mon 29-Aug-11 19:32:40

DS1 is nearly 6 and very keen to try welding, but I think it's still a bit early. What do you reckon, 9 or 10?

Panzee Mon 29-Aug-11 19:33:27

Pah, my lot had a full kit from 5. You shouldn't repress them if that's what they want.

PottyRefusnik Mon 29-Aug-11 21:05:30

Nah, let him have one, what could possibly go wrong?!

MynameisnotEarl Mon 29-Aug-11 21:11:27

As long as he's quiet...

AuntieMonica Mon 29-Aug-11 21:12:56

is it to toast the top of of a creme brulee?

if so, YABU, they are minging

Meglet Mon 29-Aug-11 21:14:45

I remember using cans of hairspray and lighting the flame to make a flame-thrower in the back garden.

madwomanintheattic Mon 29-Aug-11 21:18:05

yy meg, but poss not at 6. 11? i think that's when they are usually passed competent to deal with bunsen burners and melting biros etc/ setting fire to pulled out bits of hair to watch them twizzle up?

i did lol at the title, but dsis was soldering at about 7 grin

giyadas Mon 29-Aug-11 21:19:11

well of course mine were welding by 5, but you might want to wait 'til 7. Just to be on the safe side.

vincentvangogh Mon 29-Aug-11 21:22:29

oooh melting biros in the microwave. I'd forgotton that joy of childhood. grin

giyadas Mon 29-Aug-11 21:26:43

shock I thought the op was joking, madwoman but having seen your post, now I'm not so sure...

madwomanintheattic Tue 30-Aug-11 17:13:36


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