disclaimer....Iam a sah mom
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Jenna and Michael, lucky to have Adam, Mady, Aidin and Bryn.
*Praying for my best friend, my Dad*
Even if all the kids do is "help" in the kitchen at a young age, they grow up with the concept of cooking. And that is something that I think got lost between my mom's generation and Joy's generation. And I'm not sure how. Somewhere, my generation dropped the ball on a lot of basics like cooking.
The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett
Another thought--the schools have dropped cooking from the curriculum. When I was in jr. high (middle school for the younger generation, grades 7-9), the girls had to take a semester of cooking and a semester of sewing in 7th grade. Nutrition, meal planning, reading recipes were all taught. For the grades after that, they were electives. Sometime between the 60s and the 90s when Joy went to high school, they went co-ed and then were dropped from the curriculum.
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I don't think that my mom really liked to cook, it was just a chore that needed to be done. So she was not only glad for any help that she could get from us but I since I liked cooking I actually took over a lot of the cooking chores (cooking dinner etc) from about 12 years old.
On the other hand since I do like cooking and being an introvert like to work alone my kids did not spend a lot of time helping me in the kitchen. The only thing that we ever really did as a group project was making Christmas cookies.
But they did take over preparing their own breakfast and lunches by the end of elementary school so a lot of what they did learn was hands on learning. How much they learned was really dependent on them. My most adventurous one would think of what she wanted to eat and seek out the recipe to make it happen. My less adventurous ones stuck mainly to what could be reheated in the microwave/oven. But even that has changed over time and one of my queens of the microwave has become quite the cook over the last few years. She made a great sweet potato pie for Christmas.
Yep. When I was in middle school both in 7th and 8th grade girls took a semester of sewing and a semester of cooking. Boys took a semester of wood shop and a semester of metal shop in both 7th grade and 8th grade.
My brother was three years behind me and when he hit 7th/8th grade both boys and girls took one semester of sewing, one of cooking, one of metal shop and one of wood shop in those two grades.
DD2 had as an elective sewing and cooking in 6st grade (I think either 6 or 8 weeks of each), but I do not think that it was even an option for her sisters and the middle schools they attended.
So their sewing skills have have kind of mirrored their cooking skills it has depended on what they have seeked out. DD1 has had absolutely no interest in sewing, DD2 knows the basic skills she learned in that class. DD3 on the other had asked for a sewing machine for her birthday a few years ago and is quite crafty (she made curtains fro both her college dorm and the apartment she now lives in).