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What age do you let your kids get their own breakfast?
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:47 PM
Milk and cereal/yoghurt/sandwich about 4-5yo depending on the child. They are not allowed to use the toaster until about 7yo.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:49 PM
I only let mine get themselves museli bars, yoghurt or fruit. If they make toast, or cereal with milk, the mess is huge. They are almost 8yo and 9yo.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:50 PM
my almost 4 yr son can do cereal- bread with spread- fruits banana and youhurt. not toast or eggs ect... he's messy but oh well
Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:50 PM
Hmm, older kids have been doing it since they were 4 and 6, youngest was probably not even 3, but that wasn't really her getting it herself, that was her brothers getting it for me. My kids are happy to do this rather than wake us up so they get more time to use my computer before I start making them do chores and get ready for the day. They are only making cereal, so nothing particularly dangerous.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:52 PM
My kids are 9, 6 & 3yrs old, they get their own breakfast pretty much every day...obviously the older ones help the 3yr old.
They are allowed to use the toaster, I start teaching them how to use it at about 4yrs old so I am certain they wont hurt themselves. Toast occasionally gets stuck, DS1 turns the toaster off, unplugs it and uses a wooden skewer to move the toast so it comes out, then he plugs it back in and they continue making breakfast. Obviously they come get me if they need help.
DS1 was about 5.5yrs old when he started making his own breakfast, his decision not mine
Edited by caesie'n'linc, 13 April 2012 - 08:54 PM.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:54 PM
My eldest is 6 and a bit, I let her use the microwave (has a 30 sec quick start, so she can make weetbix), and the toaster.
My best friends daughter slept over last night, and DD1 and her got up, and DD1 got her breakfast, so I had a discussion with her on it, and she told me that she's too young.. and I just wanted to see what others do.
I am of the belief that she has to learn sometime, and its better to learn now whilst they are young, and its fun.
I'm just unsure of when I would let her use the kettle, probably not for another year at least though lol
Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:56 PM
My 10yr old DD does her own toast has for a while she does pretty well, she will make 17mth old DSs breakfast sometimes as well.. i usually do 7yr old DSs mostlly due to him being coeliac and everyone else not on gluten free got to be very clean!
Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:58 PM
Depends what you define as breakfast. Helping themselves to whatever is within reach while mum is still zonked out on the couch- as soon as they are able.
Actually making breastfast 4+ for cereal or sandwiches. 5+ for toast, 6+ for microwaveables and making tea, they are not allowed to use the stove or sandwich press yet yet but probably i will allow my 8 year old to start doing that soon.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:05 PM
My eldest is 6 and a bit, I let her use the microwave (has a 30 sec quick start, so she can make weetbix),
Call me odd, but why do you need a microwave to make weetbix?
My kid flat out refuses to make his own breakfast. lol He will eat bread but will not make toast.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:10 PM
Because she heats it up (uses milk)
I prefer it with hot water anda bit of milk, she prefers it with just milk!
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:15 PM
My 3 and 6yo's get their own breakfast as long as its cold cereal. The elder one would be permitted to use the microwave but its up high and I'm not happy with her having to climb on something to get milk or whatever out and climb down holding it.
No to the toaster yet, mostly because its a funny old beast who burns or fails to brown erratically so I don't trust that rather than Miss 6.
Got to have warm milk with Weetabix, its the only way!
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:20 PM
My 5 year old gets her own cereal and makes her own sandwich (excluding using a sharp knife for cheese, but she knows that so just does vegemite or polony etc).
My 3 year old will probably not be trusted for a long time. He eats the dry cereal out the packet if he gets to it before me and would chug the milk from the bottle if he thought no one was watching.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:26 PM
If breastfeeding in bed counts, then as soon as possible!!!
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:26 PM
DS, 22 months, learnt how to open the fridge last week. I have cleared the bottom shelf of the fridge, and started putting "his" food there. This morning he got his own "breakfast".
Admittedly, it was a banana and a sippy cup of yogurt smoothie I put there last night. (I cut the very top of the banana so he can peel it). Had a bit of a fail early in the week when DH forgot the new plan and put all the Easter eggs on Bear's shelf. He thought he had hit the jackpot.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 08:37 AM
My 9 and 7yo both started around 4 for cereal, although I left a measured amount of milk in the fridge for them on cereal. DS makes his own toasted sandwiches since about 6yo and they both started making their own porridge in the microwave at 6 as well. They measure out the oats and milk and cook it themselves (not quick oats, it's the proper stuff). Basically if they can make it using the microwave, kettle, toaster or sandwich maker, they can eat it for breakfast. They can cook pancakes but I make the batter and turn on the stove. After that they're on their own. As a single parent I think it's vital that they learn, I've had a few days where I've been so sick I couldn't get out of bed and kids need food!!
Posted 14 April 2012 - 08:52 AM
Cereal or toast is the standard brekky here. Both my kids have been able to do their own since about 4.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:06 AM
DD (7) has been able to "get" her own since around 3. At that point she would get some yoghurt or fruit out of the fridge until I got out of bed. Since around 4 she has been making her own toast/cereal, and allowed to use the microwave around 5. I do her weetbix though as I put water from the kettle in to soften them up first. I'm a big believer in learning to be independent! Certainly makes life easier now with a baby when she can do almost everything for herself.
At my MIL's she is also allowed to fry eggs under supervision with her cousins.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:10 AM
DS1 (7) has started making his own toast in the past couple of weeks and it's made a big difference to how quickly he eats it...it's been great and has completely stopped our breakfast battles.
DS2 (4) doesn't get anything yet although reading this thread, I might start getting him to put together his own cereal and teach him how to make porridge in the microwave too.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:10 AM
Wow I am way behind the mark. DS is 5.5 and if I let him get his own breakfast, he'd grab whatever junk food he could get his hands on and would eat chips, lollies, chocolate for breakfast! He can get cereal and put it in the bowl, but a full 2l milk is so heavy it would end up half on the floor!
Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:13 AM
DS does his and DD's breakfasts now. He is 9 and she is almost 4. They both have Weetbix so fairly easy.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:21 AM
Mine got into a pile of Easter Eggs before I got up this morning so made their own breakfast this morning. I wasn't overly impressed at all!
They are 6,6 and 4 and not ready yet to make their own breakfast without a massive mess. I don't feel like cleaning up cartons of milk and crunching through the floor on cornflakes so still do it. They are allowed to put their own toast in and do it under our supervision: our kids are still too silly to let them do it yet but I think that is a personality thing rather than an age thing. Levi is a mischief kind of kid and Chase has no common sense or practicality. We will probably let H do it at the same time as his older brothers as he is a bit more sensible.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:42 AM
Siobhan gets her cereal, whole fruit, toast or microwaved breakfast herself now at 7. Cereal for a while, toast for about 6 months and microwave just recently. I don't let her chop fruit, use the kettle or cook on the stove without supervision. I don't let her do much cooking on the stove at all, I suppose I should step that up.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:58 AM
QUOTE (Chocolate Addict @ 13/04/2012, 09:05 PM)
14486282[/url]']My kid flat out refuses to make his own breakfast. lol He will eat bread but will not make toast.
LOL! Your kid would starve at my place!
QUOTE (catnat @ 14/04/2012, 09:21 AM)
our kids are still too silly to let them do it yet but I think that is a personality thing rather than an age thing. Levi is a mischief kind of kid and Chase has no common sense or practicality. We will probably let H do it at the same time as his older brothers as he is a bit more sensible.
Hate to be the bearer of bad news , but my boys are 12,11 and 10 and still mischeivous, silly and display little common sense at times!
I can't really remember at what age the kids all started getting their breakfast, but in our house it's each to their own for brekky!The boys always have cereal and sometimes toast, my DD (14) generally has yoghurt and fruit and toast or porridge in the winter.
My kids have learnt to be pretty self sufficient in terms of food, I always have at least one of them in the kitchen helping with what ever I'm doing. I believe they're important life skills for them.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 10:03 AM
Despite her father's concerns about kids using the oven/stove etc, 11 year old DD has recently learned to make cakes. She makes them all the time now.
(I hate baking!)
I am ready to step up the use of the stove top for food preparation purposes *evil grin*
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