From a young age, my mom made sure me and my sister knew how to do the basic household chores including cooking. Things started simple and progressed from there to the point where we knew how to prepare supper that had to be meat, potatoes and vegetable (or a pasta dish only like mac n cheese). Also, we did help some with things like basic car repair/maintenance, cutting the grass, etc.
I cannot sew beyond a button back in place or fix a small rip by hand. My sister can do more than that and with a sewing machine.