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!

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    Question frames it as neglect or neglect-with-excuses. Could also be the kids are practicing independence and life skills.

    Which I guess may be a cultural difference by itself. :) Apart from the attitude towards it, Norway has pretty similar ones I guess.

    • Sandwiches
    • Toast with butter
    • Cereal
    • Fruit from the fruit bowl
    • Microwaved bread with cheese
    • Leftovers with ketchup
    • Carrots from the fridge

    Maybe not age 6, but pretty early:

    • Fry egg
    • Soup (from bag, add hot water)

    (Most homes have electric induction stoves, so the risk of catastrophic fire injury is low)

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      Ahh sorry! Growing up was a bit rougher and it shined through, when really teaching kids to cook is super important. I’m 29 now and getting in the habit of cooking at a young age shines through every day.

      BUt yeah pretty similar! But cheese in the microwave??? That sounds crazy to me. Everything else sounds about the same! We have top ramen for our soup.

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        Yeah, that bread with cheese thing is a trip.

        My kid asked if he could have a grilled cheese and I said yeah and gather to make it and he’s putting bread with cheese in the microwave.

        When the fuck did that become a thing?

        I mean, don’t get me wrong I like warm bread with a little butter and some cheese on it, it’s comfort food to me, we used to have it for breakfast in elementary school.

        But that uses at least Texas toast thick bread slices and goes in an oven, this little fucker just put a piece of American cheese on a piece of white bread and microwaved it.

        Not even two pieces of bread just one!

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      Maybe not age 6, but pretty early:

      • Fry egg
      • Soup (from bag, add hot water)

      My Lemmy app didn’t properly format this as a list so I read it as “Fry egg-soup.” I found myself thinking, “Fried soup? Damn, Norwegians do soup on a whole different level.”

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      Lucky you! I wasn’t allowed to make anything more advanced than sandwiches. I would only make a mess, my mom complained. She was a bit obsessed with cleanliness and control.

      I ate a lot of microwaved cheese sandwiches, and fried eggs as soon as I could move out, though. And spaghetti with ketchup. And rice with ketchup. Cheap and delicious food for a student.