If You Give a Girl a Knife

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Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Adolescence, Childrearing, Children's Books, Confidence, Cooking, Daughters, Encouragement, Food, Girls, Mothering, Mothers and Daughters, Teenager | Posted on 13-05-2016

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When my daughter was three, we gave her a mini kitchen with pots and pans and bins of plastic food. Pies! Peas! Corn! Sushi! Cupcakes! Fried Chicken!

She loved everything about food preparation and serving. She would “roast” a fake chicken, “bake” pies, and “chop” floppy carrots. For years, she would prep and serve us at her cafe. When she was older, she would write menus for us to order from. And she would expect payment.

Now at 13, her time spent in the kitchen has lessened and her cooking is infrequent. However, if you give that girl a knife, she’ll make a fruit plate in minutes. She chops vegetables like a Kitchen Knife Ninja.

On the sidelines at a recent soccer game, I was talking to some mothers about daughters and their lack of interest in cooking. I told my “knife story” about how my daughter is a pro with a knife.

One of the Moms looked at me like I was insane. You give her knives?? That’s scary!

Um. Pioneer women sliced open buffalo with knives.

It’s not like I handed my daughter a knife and ordered Chop Now! It began with safety skills. Duh. Don’t slice toward your hand. Watch those fingers.

Kitchen skills are about teaching confidence, self sufficiency, survival. Kitchen skills are life skills.

I mean, what would she do if she encountered pineapple?

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Could You Cut It As a Pioneer Woman?

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Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Animals, Childrearing, Children, Clothes, Family, Food, Humor, Life Lessons, Mothering, Mothers and Daughters, Parenting, Women | Posted on 27-12-2011

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I applaud pioneer women for their bad-assness. They were tough and capable. Could you cut it as a pioneer woman? Go through your list of abilities and incompetencies and see.

Here’s what Pioneer Pippi can do:

  • I can make biscuits and pies from scratch.
  • I can chop wood and start a fire.
  • I can fetch well water.
  • I can teach children how to read.
  • I can beat a rug with a stick.
  • I can make soup and soap.
  • I can can jam.
  • I can milk a cow.
  • I can plant and grow corn.
  • I can rock a bonnet.
  • I can ride a horse and steer a wagon.
  • I can mend a fence.
  • I can negotiate with local tribes.
  • I can barter at the general store.
  • I can think on my toes and deal with any type of disaster: flood, locusts, tornadoes, blizzards, dust storms.
  • I can wash laundry with a washing board.
  • I can go into labor with no pain medicine.
  • I can raise children.

Here’s what City Pippi cannot do:

  • I cannot slaughter a hog.
  • I cannot kill a snake.
  • I cannot chop a chicken’s head off and pluck its feathers.
  • I cannot shoot a gun.
  • I cannot brand cattle.
  • I cannot dig a well.
  • I cannot castrate a bull.
  • I cannot build a barn.
  • I cannot deliver a baby (human or barn animal).
  • I cannot hunt.
  • I cannot knit or crochet or sew. No blankets for us. We’d be wearing togas made out of sheets.