One mom said she brought her 2-and-half-year-old into the kitchen to teach him a lesson on responsibility, and at his age, he’s learned a few cooking prep basics including chopping using a kitchen knife.

In a Facebook clip, a woman named Kathleen submitted a video to blogger, Janet Lansbury, saying her son actually loves helping her out in the kitchen.

She wrote:

I’ve been working on giving my 2.5 year old meaningful helper roles during our household tasks—not just to “occupy” him while I get things done, but ways he can really contribute—pairing socks, putting away the silverware, wiping the low surfaces in the kitchen with a rag, etc.

Tonight he chopped all the cucumbers for the salad while I prepared the rest of dinner. Then he dressed and mixed it. I really enjoyed making dinner together tonight …

Many viewers praised the mother for giving the boy cooking tasks at such a young age, others, however, couldn’t believe a “giant” kitchen knife was thrown in his tiny hands.

Watch the video below: 

Kathleen's capable boy

Awesome!!! I love this from Kathleen:"I’ve been working on giving my 2.5 year old meaningful helper roles during our household tasks—not just to “occupy” him while I get things done, but ways he can really contribute—pairing socks, putting away the silverware, wiping the low surfaces in the kitchen with a rag, etc. Tonight he chopped all the cucumbers for the salad while I prepared the rest of dinner. Then he dressed and mixed it. I really enjoyed making dinner together tonight, and the pushed I’ve gotten around trust from this group have helped. Thank you!"

Posted by Janet Lansbury on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

In the comment section, parents weighed in on the footage.

Some said knife lessons are the best way to build a child’s confidence in the kitchen, including fellow mothers who responded to the post by sharing their own cooking stories with kids.

Commenters wrote:

LOVE! My 2 girls age 2 and 4 help me cook everyday. I give them chopping boards, sharp Japanese knives (which I have taught them how to use) and they chop all the veggies.

Awesome to see so many kids learning to cook! My daughter (now 7) asks to bring her knife with her when we are cooking away from home! She has better knife skills than I do!

Meanwhile when it comes to cooking safety a lot of moms said they’re scared to let their young children use a sharp cutting tool. Some commenters wrote:

This gives me anxiety. Even at 26 I’ve accidentally sliced my finger a few times!

Am I the only one freaking out about a 2 year old with a knife?!? Yes it’s absolutely a great idea to have them help you with meaningful jobs ? but…a 2 year old with a knife?!? ??? No thanks ?

…anyone else worried he could lose his balance on the stool, fall, and land on the knife? #NotWorthIt

But according to one expert, though some said they found the clip cringe-worthy, clinical psychologist Eileen Kennedy-Moore told Today there’s really no cause for concern as long as the child is properly trained and supervised by an adult.

According to Epicurious‘ cooking safety tips for kids, professional chef Cricket Azima, who specializes in cooking with children, said  regardless of age:

“It’s important to think about the individual child and what he or she can handle developmentally. It’s important that the child is able to be successful at the task at hand.”

However, she recommends starting toddlers off with a child-friendly plastic knife.

When should a child learn to use a sharp kitchen object? Tell us what you think.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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3 Replies to “Mom Shares Cute Video of Toddler Chopping up Veggies — but People Are Divided Over the Knife in His Hand”

  • Masterredfox 9 months ago

    Proper training for handling any knives should be done as soon as the child has the dexterity to handle the knife. I wish someone had taught me so I could have avoided nicking my hands. Also there are special protective gloves which do come small enough to wear when using the really big knives. Training and supervision is the key to insure proper handling of knives.

  • Stefanie 8 months ago

    There are safer ways to teach proper chopping techniques. I let my 2.5 year and and 5 year old nanny kids learn by letting them use their plastic knives to chop bananas, strawberries, etc. My 5 year old charge even helps me cut her brother’s grapes in half. I can make sure they’re learning the proper holds, without being afraid that a slip of the hand will end up in an ER visit.

  • Anonymous 8 months ago

    This seems crazy to me. I definitely wouldn’t let my kids use a knife at that age. Slicing a finger would be the least of my worries, I would be more worried about them falling off the stool on the knife or turning around fast with the knife. Or even grabbing it when no one is around and running around with it. Just my opinion. I just don’t see a need to be chopping with a sharp knife at this age.

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