Poor nutrition sah/woh issue?

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Poor nutrition sah/woh issue?
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Tue, 12-29-2009 - 7:24pm

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Registered: 12-07-2003
Sun, 01-03-2010 - 10:39am
Now that's me. If only I could afford the housekeeper to go with the attitude.
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Sun, 01-03-2010 - 10:51am

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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.















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Registered: 02-04-2009
Sun, 01-03-2010 - 11:45am

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

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Kitty

"Flying there, yes you need a passport.... taking a cruise there you'd just need her to have a BC. If you took a cruise out of Port Canaveral you could spend one or two days at Disney to satisfy that, then a three or four day cruise to Bahamas and maybe Key West." -- Jamie's excellent and accurate advice with regard to travel documents needed when traveling internationally

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Registered: 02-04-2009
Sun, 01-03-2010 - 11:47am
I usually buy a lot of that stuff for the last few days before and after a vacation out of town--so there's something to eat without having to make a grocery run while I'm still doing vacation recovery (or something to eat when the fresh foods have run out before hand, without having to buy stuff in the meantime).

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Kitty

"Flying there, yes you need a passport.... taking a cruise there you'd just need her to have a BC. If you took a cruise out of Port Canaveral you could spend one or two days at Disney to satisfy that, then a three or four day cruise to Bahamas and maybe Key West." -- Jamie's excellent and accurate advice with regard to travel documents needed when traveling internationally

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Kitty

"If you can't annoy somebody with what you write, I think there's little point in writing."-- Kingsley Amis, British novelist, 1971 t .

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Registered: 12-31-2009
Sun, 01-03-2010 - 12:18pm
Unfortunately, good, healthy food is more expensive than junk food.
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Registered: 12-31-2009
Sun, 01-03-2010 - 12:21pm

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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Registered: 02-04-2009
Sun, 01-03-2010 - 12:22pm
Try 40 to 50 years ago. 30 years ago was 1980.

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Kitty

"Flying there, yes you need a passport.... taking a cruise there you'd just need her to have a BC. If you took a cruise out of Port Canaveral you could spend one or two days at Disney to satisfy that, then a three or four day cruise to Bahamas and maybe Key West." -- Jamie's excellent and accurate advice with regard to travel documents needed when traveling internationally

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Kitty

"If you can't annoy somebody with what you write, I think there's little point in writing."-- Kingsley Amis, British novelist, 1971 t .

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Registered: 12-31-2009
Sun, 01-03-2010 - 12:24pm
Unfortunately, that is probably not the case as I have seen people put tons of tv dinners in their carts when they are on sale as they are cheap and easy to cook.
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Registered: 12-31-2009
Sun, 01-03-2010 - 12:27pm
I never really cooked as a child and teenager
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Registered: 02-24-2009
Sun, 01-03-2010 - 12:28pm
We weren't even really taught in any organized way, but we usually hung around the kitchen when my mother was cooking and so along the way we helped, observed, asked etc. What I have noticed among acquaintances is not so much a deliberate avoidance of teaching, it is an avoidance of the kids having any clue that food has to be cooked, laundry done etc. IOW, chores, including cooking, are done when the kids are not around or else the kids are distracted with a video while the parent cooks.

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