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Always Encourage Children's Interests

Q.4. OUR SON IS ONLY 10, BUT HE ALREADY shows an unusual interest in everything we do in the kitchen. He likes to bake and cook, and even gets excited about getting out the equipment when we’re ready to start making dinner. He asks to chop the veggies, and do anything else we allow. We think he would like to be a chef and wonder if we should start doing something about that now.


A. IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO ENCOURAGE children when they show an interest in anything. How wonderful it is when such an interest may even become a career, and will make him happy to go to work every day when he’s grown. Culinary arts is an especially fine profession for both men and women, and you should try and find a children’s cooking class for him to attend. Meanwhile, let him do all the helping and chopping he can at home. You’re lucky to have such an eager helper in the kitchen.


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