Have a young child help get ready for a meal? Sounds crazy but it can actually be a big help as long as you select some easy tasks. Audrey likes to cut fruit and tear lettuce so I put her in charge of making salad for dinner. She is also getting better at plating foods. If I give her a small bowl she can scoop out dip for an appetizer or condiments for the meal. It is sometimes these little things that are enough to make her feel special. And when she helps she is more out of the way than if I simply asked her not to bother me.