We've stated letting Lillian cook diner one night a week. She likes getting to decide what we eat, and we like that we don't have to decide or listening to complaining about the diner menu. Parental supervision is always required, but that's a small price to pay. Recently Nathaniel has taken an interest in cooking too and they both contributed to this lovely diner of pasta with peppers peas and sausage. Nathaniel helped crumble and cook the sausage, Lillian chopped and sauteed all the vegetables. They both helped clean up the dry spaghetti after it was doped all over the floor. They did wander off during the final steps of the process but happily gobbled it up once it was served up.