cooking and boys

In July, my oldest son asked what I thought of an online hobby class he should take as part of his curriculum. My husband and I usually ask our children to consider the options themselves and make the decisions themselves. We try to limit our role to counseling and as needed only, unless we feel they really need our help and our honest opinion to make a decision on them. Not only does this make the kids feel more empowered, but they also take on more responsibility as the decision was made by them.

My son wanted to choose cooking (without a stove) as a hobby. He is interested in learning new recipes and thanks to the lockdown, he was really helping us with the kitchen chores too. We encouraged him to pursue the same as that was his area of ​​interest.

After the third term, I casually checked him if he was enjoying the classes. As it was obvious, he loved the classes. He always looks forward to the next chapter and makes sure all ingredients are available or pre-purchased and neatly arranged in a tray before class. He will focus on the presentation, put the final items on our serving trays, and take pictures. Above all, and to my great satisfaction, he also cleans the table after he finishes his routine in each class.

I once asked him how many boys in the class. There participated seven boys out of the class force fifteen. The fact that nearly fifty percent (46.67 percent to be exact) of the class in a cooking class made up of boys made me happy and proud.

During a recent event in my apartment, a “Cooking Without Fire” competition was held for children. This year my son was eagerly looking forward to it and participated for the first time. He had independently prepared three dishes (carrot ladoos, pudding and biscuit sandwich) in the allotted time. In his category he received first prize. This achievement made us all very proud. He was very excited about this and encouraged him to continue with this hobby.

Educating children goes beyond going to school. Given that both boys and girls pursue education and work side by side later in their careers, it is important that they both learn this important life skill (as I like to call it :)). When boys learn these things, they can appreciate the efforts of those who do and share responsibility without putting much effort into it.

I see hope for the future generation and am proud to contribute in my small way. I hope one day we will reach a point where there is no need to write a blog on this topic and cooking skills become a standard for all kids regardless of gender.

By the way, while my son is experimenting and developing his culinary skills, a side benefit is the delicious dessert and sweet treats we get!



The opinions expressed above are those of the author.

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