I failed my daughter!
My daughter left home to go to university, with no cooking skills whatsoever! She had shown no interest in food, apart from eating what I cooked each evening, and I hadn't thought to instruct her.
University was a difficult time for her as she adjusted to catering for herself.
I still remember the panic phone calls asking how to bake a potato or how to thaw out her frozen ready meal. She had no knowledge of what food to buy or how long it would stay fresh.
Change of tactics
I realized that if I was going to avoid the same problems with my son, 8 years her junior, I would have to take action and involve him in the cooking process from then on.
It helped that Ben had always had a desire to prepare his own food.
I can still remember him saying he would make his own soldiers to eat with his boiled egg one morning. He took the bread, butter, plate and knife to the table and set to. I continued to time the eggs. A few minutes later he piped up with "Its hard spreading these tiny bits of bread, Mum." I discovered he had cut the bread into fingers before spreading them! He still hasn't lived that one down.