I must admit, I felt rather like Alice when speaking to my sister. Her 11 almost 12 year daughter was the subject. She mentioned she was going to start making her daughter wash her own clothes and I laughed. I told her Strider and Little Bear started doing that when they were about 10 and it wasn't hard. She then responded with this gem. "Our goal for this year is learning how to peel a potato." I admit, I blinked a couple of times in surprise. Then, when I mentioned it wasn't that difficult at all. My sister suggested I should have spent time with her this summer to teach her.
I don't even remember when my boys learned how to peel carrots and taters. I am pretty sure they were not 11. However, a peeler is sort of like a knife and they were always fascinated with knives.
The more I look at kids today, the more I realise how well mine turned and are turning out. I'm thankful for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and for being home with them as they grew up. And that they learned to do simple tasks before puberty.