A mum has revealed that her son has been cooking since he was 14 months old.
TikTok user Laura said that she started to teach her son to cook as soon as he was old enough to follow simple commands like ‘can you pour this in the bowl?’ – this was around 14 months.
To make things easier for him, she made sure to pre-portion all of the food and put them into little containers that he’d be able to hold onto.
Then she said she’d ask him to tackle simple cooking preparation tasks like “pouring, scooping, mixing, shucking corn, and buttering pans,” before he began to make simple recipes like smoothies and parfaits.
Training him with a cold stove was the key to his understanding, Laura says.
She said: “Before he ever touched a stove I made sure that he understood the danger that comes with it.
“We also did test runs with the stove off and I made sure that he knew to touch the handle, and not the pan. If he touched the pan I corrected him.”
Even then, the oven was on really low heat, and Laura was always there supervising him.
The mum-of-two posted a video of the tot cooking dinner for the family almost entirely on his own which has since racked up more than 760,000 views.
Since being posted, the video has received more than 100,000 likes and almost 2,500 comments from people praising his efforts.
One person said: “GREAT JOB LITTLE MAN.”
“Using seasoning? I LOVE to see it,” applauded another.
While a third commented: “When he served it up too. AHHHH. Sweet little one.”
Someone else admitted: “I always worry about the backlash of my 3yo at the stove. Sorry but I want my son to know how to cook!” to which Laura replied saying: “It took a lot of practice before I was confident enough to let him use the stove. He had several ‘tests’ before I actually let him cook on [there].”
But not everyone was impressed as one person asked: “Why can’t kids be kids? They shouldn’t have to worry about cooking for everyone.”
Laura later responded to the criticism, writing: “This is completely self-driven. He sees me cooking, he asks to help. I say yes. As simple as that. I never force him to do anything.”