He Was 16 and Had to Cook Dinner for the Whole Family, but When They Wouldn’t Stop Criticizing His Food, He Told Them to Make Their Own

A teenager recently wrote to an online forum to ask for advice about a problem with his family. He cooked all the meals at home, but their fussiness had led to a major row. Here’s his story.

Little chef

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The boy wrote, “I’m 16, and I’ve been cooking since I was little. I used to join my grandparents in the kitchen when I stayed with them.”

Family cook

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“My parents were never good at cooking,” he added. “So when I got to be a certain age and was competent in the kitchen, and my parents grew tired of getting takeout every day, they started having me cook family dinner.”

Food critics

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The boy was fine with the arrangement at first. However, he soon grew tired of the criticism and demands.

Sibling surprise

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His siblings always wanted to eat their favorite dish. They’d demand that he make separate meals for each of them and become frustrated when he couldn’t.

Quality control

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When he tried to branch out and make alternative dishes, he faced resistance from his family. Overall, the situation strained his relationship with his siblings.

Parental complaints

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His parents weren’t much better. Quite often, his father was away for work all week. When he did come home, he’d complain that the dishes his son made were not healthy enough for someone who’d spent a week eating junk food.

Rice dislike

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His father also disliked rice. He would complain when his son made food with it, even when he was provided with potatoes as an alternative.

Mother problems

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But the problems didn’t stop there. His mother was also critical of him for using “too many items” from the pantry and for sometimes using ingredients that she’d intended to use for her lunch the next day.

Unpredictable patterns

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He felt the latter criticisms were unfair because she always ate different things for lunch, and he didn’t know which ingredients she had earmarked for the next day.

More problems

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Just like his father, his mother had her preferences. She would chide the boy if he made spicy food and complain that her dinner wasn’t fresh enough after she got home late from work.

Attempted resolution

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He tried to talk to his family about their behavior, but nothing changed. So, he told them that he would no longer cook for them and that they needed to fend for themselves.

New arrangement

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They forbade him to cook for himself and leave the family hungry. He was under their roof, so he complied. However, he told them he would make what he wanted, and they’d have to live with it.

Was he right?

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His family felt that he was being difficult and selfish. They demanded better treatment and the meals they wanted. But he held firm. He wrote to an online forum to get a second opinion.

The internet responded

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One poster said, “The ones who truly should be ashamed are your parents for dropping their responsibility to feed their kids to a 16-year-old. They can eat your cooking or make their own.”

While another commenter replied, “You are not a personal chef. Why are meals your responsibility anyway? You’re the kid. Cooking is just for fun.”

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