Enabling children

My kids aren’t allowed to make me a cup of tea yet. They are 9,8,5 and 1 but my kettle is a heavy bottomed one with a whistle that sits on the (gas) hob. I think it is too heavy when full for Imogen to use and Elizabeth isn’t sensible enough. So they aren’t allowed. They are allowed to put the kettle on (as it is full of cool water then)and they are allowed to turn off the knob for me if the kettle is whistling.

The first child to be taught to turn off the kettle was Imogen, she only needed telling once. Elizabeth then wanted the responsibility but she can’t always get it right. The other day Leon saw that she had thought she had turned it off, but had actually turned it down. She’d also rather helpfully left a tea-towel on the top of the oven!

My first reaction was to tell her she could no longer touch the knobs on the stove. She was upset, she wants to be grown-up. So I later chatted again with her about keeping safe and tea towels near flames then found my sharpie and defaced my oven top:


I’m hoping this will help keep our house from burning down and still give Elizabeth a little autonomy! 🙂 What do yo do with regards to enabling your children?

  1 comment for “Enabling children

  1. September 19, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    My daughter set fire to a tea towel cooking! It’s hard but they need to learn skills at the right pace for them…

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