Q. My 3-year-old either runs off into another room or is underfoot when I'm preparing a meal. I feel like she is old enough to help me in the kitchen, but I don't know how to start.
A. A 3-year-old is very capable of helping in the kitchen. Start by having her crush crackers, squish avocados and wash vegetables. Then move on to slicing bananas and measuring ingredients.
Set up the kitchen environment for success by having a step stool available to help her reach the sink and countertop. Gather tools that she can safely handle, such as plastic bowls, a child-safe plastic knife, and mixing spoons that are not too cumbersome for her small hands.
Offer guidance along the way. Remember, it's okay to tell her that she isn't old enough for some tasks and remind her that there will be new opportunities as she becomes more accomplished.
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