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My 13 year old son has started cooking dinner. He has been making things for himself and doing lunch for people occasionally, but nothing big. This is his first dinner. I am taking other people's advice to get the heck out of the kitchen, and keep my nose outta there! but...IT's SOOOO HARD!!!

I tried to get hubby to go in there and relay some messages, but he wouldn't. OMG! I heard a something break in there

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  1. fosterfamily5's Avatar
    You're right to get out of the kitchen. Hopefully he cleans up after himself too. You'll have to let us know how dinner was.
  2. JoAnn's Avatar
    It'll be ok -- you are there if he needs you and to support him. Big enough to cook and he is big enough to clean up too. It' sounds like he has a real interest about the kitchen. He might become the next Iron Chef....
  3. wilbe95's Avatar
    It is rough, if mine want to cook I go take a bath so that I stay away and turn the radio up so I can't hear . Just think he will survive on his own in the future if he is cooking now. Hope it all went well, have to tell us how the meal and clean up went.
  4. Tarrien's Avatar
    Eek, you need to leave the house like garden or shovel-go for a walk something outside. But it's never a bad thing to help him out in the kitchen, like show him tips and tricks.
  5. d_awalker's Avatar
    My problem was that I was too involved when he was in the kitchen. I was afraid to let him do things, so I took some valuable advice and got out of the kitchen. Although he broke a plate and knocked the screw out of his glasses, everything turned out okay. Surprisingly, my choosy crew liked his cooking

    Initially, I was worried because when the 6yo went to the table, he immediately exclaimed, "YUCK!" When he tasted it, he had a change of heart.
  6. d_awalker's Avatar
    I am always showing him things in the kitchen when I am cooking. I have been doing that for years. I was okay with letting him cook for himself and experiment, but I was hovering too much when he wanted to cook for the family. I was just so worried that he would waste a lot of food by making something that they would not eat. Fortunately, that was not the case. He did great and I survived the ordeal!

    Thanks Wilbe for the suggestion of taking a bath while he is cooking. He has just started having his first weekly "cook night". I think I am going to start soaking when he is in the kitchen! I will ask him all the questions before he starts, and hubby is here if he needs any help.
  7. d_awalker's Avatar
    He is cooking breakfast this morning He came in my room, I told him what to cook, he wrote out his "plan", and he left to go do it. He is in there now. I am not as frazzled this time because he has made breakfast before so it is nothing new to him. I could get used to having a 2nd cook on staff
  8. wilbe95's Avatar
    Yeah Mom you survived! I agree it would be great to have another cook in the house then you can take a night off every once in awhile.
  9. d_awalker's Avatar
    Technically, there is another cook in the house, but he works all day. (Not saying that I don't work too) The 13yo, Rahim, truly enjoys cooking so I would rather he learn and help me cook than to ask Darren to do something.

    Don't get me wrong. Darren does make breakfast and lunch on his day off sometimes. Did not want to make him sound like he was not willing to cook.

    I am also going to start making my own convenience foods ahead of time so that on days we have things to do, we can come home and pop something in the oven that I already made.
  10. naturalmommy's Avatar
    I know the feeling! My 11 YO DD is always bugging me to cook! Its so hard to let go, and let cook!

    im glad it all went well!
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