Cyan, who’s four, has been cooking with me for about a year now. He’s learned quite a bit, and he doesn’t shy away from trying any sort of food. He can handle a knife, and isn’t afraid of a hot pan. He can make his own sandwiches and salads, and has no issues with washing his own dishes. He’s very self sufficient.
No, I am not afraid that he will hurt himself. He is quite capable of keeping himself safe, as are all children with any amount of self esteem and self confidence. He cut nearly all of the vegetables in this soup, and didn’t cut himself with a knife. He cut the meat, the potatoes and the celery, leaving for me the carrots and onions, only because carrots are really tough to cut and onions make his eyes tear.
He was so proud while he was cutting. He kept saying, “this is very good for me” and “I’m learning to make my own food” and finally, “I’m growing up to be a man.” It’s good to teach children. It makes them feel good.