Mom reveals her toddlers cook for themselves and even use the stove – Archyde | Directory Mayhem

A mum has revealed her toddlers cook dinner and snacks themselves – including using the stove.

The mother of two, who goes by Laura Love online, has shared numerous videos on TikTok after teaching her kids to cook.

Love, who has a 3-year-old named Carter and a 17-month-old named Jonah, revealed her older son can cook and cook a range of dishes.

Love, who is believed to be from the US, has spoken out to parents about slowly teaching her boys cooking skills, admitting it took a lot of “patience”.

One of her most popular videos shared a week ago has been viewed more than 12 million times.

In it, Jonah makes himself a chopped banana on a slice of chocolate-covered bread, while Love shared with her followers how she teaches him the basics.

“Every time I post a video of my 17-month-old making his snacks, so many of you ask how we help him get started,” she said as Jonah begins to prepare his meal.

She explains: “If he’s struggling with something, I’ll give him a model or I’ll give him a hand-to-hand explanation of how it’s done one time and then I’ll just let him do his thing.

“It’s important to try not to fix what they’re doing. If I went after and added more hummus or spread it out more, he’d think his job wasn’t good enough. Which would defeat the purpose of trying to give yourself confidence and independence.

“Before you complete a task for your child, just stop and ask yourself, is my child capable of doing this on their own? Most of the time they are able to, so you should give it a try.”

Her older son seems to be more advanced and has taken to using the stove – both the one in the kitchen and a small camp stove.

Love bought a toy kitchen from Ikea and added a portable water pump that connects to giant mason jars underneath to keep the sink ready to go.

As well as containers for her kid-sized cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils, Love also sets out the miniature camping stove for her, which she insists is never made unattended.

In a separate video, Love shared more tips and advice for parents looking to copy her teaching methods.

She said: “I started as soon as they could follow simple commands like, ‘Can you pour this in the bowl? Every child is different but mine was around 14 months save the environment and have everything pre-portioned in convenient containers for little ones.

“It also helps a lot to make sure bowls and utensils are toddler-sized. We started with simple tasks like pouring, scooping, mixing, husking corn, and buttering a skillet. Start with simple recipes that don’t require heat, like smoothies and parfaits. They could also work hand in hand until their coordination is a bit better.

“Before my three-year-old ever touched a stove, I made sure he understood the dangers involved. We did test runs with the stove off and I made sure he knew to touch the handle and not the pan. When he touched the pan I corrected him and after that we switched to low heat.

“Of course I’m always there to keep an eye on him and make sure he’s safe. For those of you who say that you should play with toys instead, just know that this is something they genuinely enjoy and it’s never forced. And of course, use your best judgment about what your little one is and isn’t ready for.

Her videos show numerous spills and messes caused in the process, as she added: “It’s a very slow process that requires patience, persistence and lots of mess. I didn’t just let my kid play with the stove.”

But her patience paid off, as other videos show Carter — wearing an apron and chef’s hat — peeling and slicing potatoes, boiling them and then mashing them, adding milk and butter for a creamy consistency.

Then he gets peppers, which he washes and cuts before he can sauté them with some sausages and onions and season everything.

Another video shows him making mac ‘n’ cheese, boiling the pasta, adding butter and sauce before washing up all the utensils and serving himself a bowl.

“My three year old made himself some lunch. The stove is tucked away and not accessible when he’s not using it. Always supervised,” Love captioned the video.

Numerous parents have commented on Love’s videos and praised her technique, as Jay said: “Too many people rush to help their children without giving them a chance to solve problems themselves. I think you did an amazing job.”

Rheanna.Graver remarked, “He’s more independent than my father.”

Lashane Gayle Cummin simply said, “Parenting goals.”

Sewsummer gushed, “Love this! After finding your videos I decided to build my son a functional kitchen and regain my patience. Thanks for showing the messy too.”

news week asked Love for comment.

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