disclaimer....Iam a sah mom
In an attempt to be optimistic, maybe his wife just gave birth. I know that whenever I have a kid we eat mostly frozen meals for a week or two just so that there is one less thing to do/think about.
Now, see? That was one of the "advantages" of having a WOHM when I was a girl. I *had* to learn to cook, so that we could have dinner (together, once both my parents got home) before 8pm.
Big wink and smile here because I don't think there's any real "advantage" or "disadvantage" to a parent's work status. In our case, Mom would leave the makings of dinner in the fridge to thaw, with instructions for what I should do when I got home from school to get dinner started--although since I got out of school around 1:30pm, I had PLENTY of free time to get my homework done before starting dinner (usually around 4:30 or 5pm).
I do NOT agree with current "common" (quotes because this commonality only encompasses people I know) practice of not really teaching kids any kitchen skills until at least high school. IME, these delays are usually filed under "school is his/her work" or "we want them to enjoy childhood". Cooking is, and should be, fun. It's something kids should look forward to learning, to helping with.
Yeah there are tools in the kitchen that need some skill or some caution in using. But when will our children learn that skill or that caution if we don't begin letting them learn in their youth? It's not like if you wait until you're 18 to use a sharp knife, that you'll never cut yourself.
My personal requirement for learning to use the stove is that the child be tall enough to reach the knobs without touching the heat elements (or pots on those elements) with hand, arm or sleeve. And no step stools without adult supervision (too easy to fall onto the heat elements or use a hand/arm on a heat element to break a fall.) But beyond that, there's no reason a child of 8 or 9 can't begin to cook simple things
"If you can't annoy somebody with what you write, I think there's little point in writing."-- Kingsley Amis, British novelist, 1971 t .
20-30 yrs. ago more moms stayed at home and most likely could not afford to buy prepackaged food and they were expected to have a home cooked meal on the table everyday.
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Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.