Pat's Answer

Do you put butter under the bread or on the bread?

Your Question

Do you put butter under the bread or on the bread? 


Hi there, thanks for getting in touch with the Ask Pat service.

Well, that’s a question you don’t hear every day! Here at Ask Pat we think there’s no such thing as a silly question, we’re happy to chat to young people about whatever may be on their mind or what might be going on in their lives no matter how big or small it might seem. By contacting us and asking your question, you’ve shown that you have confidence in your ability to communicate with others, that you can express your curiosity and can reflect on and question things about the world around you and finally, that you have a great sense of fun! These are excellent skills to have, so well done for that.  

It sounds like you have some questions around whether or not there is a right or wrong way to butter a slice of bread. Food and how we eat is very much a personal choice and depends on your own likes or dislikes. If you butter the slice of bread underneath, have you considered why that might be better or worse than buttering it on top? We suppose it all depends on what surface you have the slice of bread on and how much of a mess you want to clean up, as it may leave more butter on the surface than on the bread! If you have questions about food preparation maybe this is something that could be worthwhile discussing with those closest to you? Maybe a family member, friend or teacher in school? Food is a huge part of people’s culture and how we learn about the world so there’s nothing wrong with questioning how it’s prepared and wanting to learn more about it. You could even look into doing home economics or catering as a subject in school if that’s something you’d like to pursue. 

All young people have a right to be happy and healthy and that would involve their basic needs for food, water and shelter being met. There are agencies in Ireland such as Tusla, the child and family agency, whose job it is to ensure that all young people have those basics in life for them to thrive. If you ever have any concerns about your own needs or the needs of any other young person, you can always contact Tusla. You can call Tusla on 0818 776 315 from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. You can also visit their website to find more information about their services: 

We hope you found that response helpful. As we said, there’s no question too big, small or silly to ask us so feel free to contact us if there’s something on your mind. You can make use our free listening services if ever you need to talk. You can contact Childline at any time as our listening service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s a free, confidential, non-judgmental service and we can by contacted by calling 1800 66 66 66, texting 50101 or online chat via our website 

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