Responsibility of their toys, their clothes, their ability to contribute to a family conversation, or plans. Even a two year old knows what he likes or dislikes. We should invite our children’s comments and ideas by asking age-appropriate questions, e.g. would you like bolognaise or cottage pie to a five year old. As long as they know the difference between these two meals, you have already decided you are going to use mince and the essential ingredients are similar – but imagine if you had invited him to help make the meal and then he could proudly announce to Dad at supper time, “Mommy and I made the cottage pie” – or if he chopped up the salad (with a blunt or plastic knife) .
In my experience children, who have contributed to making the meal will be enthusiastic consumers of it too!