Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Adolescence, Advice, Boys, Childrearing, Life, Life Lessons, Mothering, Mothers and Sons, Parenting, Teenagers | Posted on 10-01-2013
A panic washed over me last Summer when I realized that my (newly teen) son did not know how to make anything. Other. Than. A. Sandwich.
I felt that he was well on the road to being kind, confident, smart, resilient, and resourceful…but might be lacking in the self-sufficient department.
Resourceful in the kitchen? Yeah, kinda. My son was a pro at microwaving soup, frozen burritos and instant oatmeal. He also used the can opener like a whiz! Opening fruit cocktail like nobody’s business.
Frozen burritos and instant oatmeal will only get you so far.
But could he create something from scratch? Not so much.
I knew what I had to do. Teach that young man to cook!
Cooking 101: creating self-sufficient young adults. (Also known as: creating patient parents who lack proper cooking skills themselves.)
We began with simple items. Grilled-cheese sandwiches. Scrambled eggs. Quesadillas with refried beans.
We also learned:
- How to cut up vegetables and serve with Ranch dip.
- How to cut an orange into slices.
- How to hardboil an egg. And then proceed to peel and slice it.
This progressed into:
- How to make a smoothie in the blender out of yogurt, juice, frozen fruit, and protein powder.
Ta da! He now knows how to make a few well-rounded meals.
Slowly but surely, my son is expanding his food-making repertoire. I am convinced that he will be self-sufficient in the kitchen someday, and be happy as a result.
And this makes me happy.