In the US it’s not crazy for kids maybe as young as 6 to make themselves sandwiches like a PB&J/Ham & Cheese either if parents have an emergency, or to take to lunch for themselves because parents didn’t have time. (Or you know, they’re neglectful)

So is there a go to food for children to make in other cultures?

EDIT: Sorry for phrasing it like teaching 6 year olds to cook is mainly to help parents. Personal experience of dad going to prison and mom working 12 hour days at early age shined through. So me being taught to cook wasn’t “This is a skill that’ll be useful as you grow older” but instead was a “Things are going to be rough, and sometimes things won’t work out with me being there when I need too, and I want you to be able to be okay in an emergency”. So cooked myself food when I was little probably a lot more than others, then when I was a teenager I was cooking dinner for the family a lot.

But makes sense it wasn’t the case for others! Still the curious, what other cultures teach their children to cook!

  • AwkwardLookMonkeyPuppet
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    293 months ago

    There’s an entire generation of Americans who were cooking for themselves and using the stove in elementary school because their parents were nowhere to be found. Everyone always forgets about them. They’re known as Generation X, or the Latchkey Kids.

    • Ryru Grr
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      153 months ago

      My favorite meal was cooking a hotdog on the open stove flame, campfire style. That charr was so good.

    • PlasmaDistortion
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      73 months ago

      Yep, I would make Mac and cheese with cut up hotdogs in it starting when I was 6. It’s still my comfort food.