Peach Wookiee wrote:
I can disagree about the teaching to cut veggies. My brother did so at school at the age of four. Granted, that was 1979.
I'd say that's way too early. At four, the kid's going to say "I can handle this shit" at SOME point and going to try something with the knife that will end up badly when nobody else is around.
There is the fascination of forbidden stuff (when you clearly forbid a kitchen knife, the kid is at some point going to play with it anyways), but then there's also the false sense of confidence (that the kid thinks it can handle it because it did have a course).
At that early age, you need to satisfy the kid's curiosity by showing it to them, let them touch it, show them what it's capable of, etc... . But THEN clearly forbid it. As it's "not a toy".
And for kids at that age, everything
IS a toy.