My daughter is one of the best at kitchen assistants. She never hesitates to help me chop up seasoning and vegatables at dinner time, as a matter of fact she asks me if she can do these jobs.
It is a big deal each night because we usually try to eat together as much as possible. Not that we have fancy meals but we do have wholesome meals. We try not to use box mixes or canned goods for the better nutritional value.
We have certain nights of the week for certain dishes making the menu simple and dependable. Our family tends not to like new or different dishes. Works for me and keeps life practical and simple.
A good leader is one who is a good server. In our home it is very important that the kids have jobs and chores they are responsible for. This may lead to many opportunities later in life. A tiny little job like chopping kitchen veggies can lead to the joy of cooking and a maybe a vocation as well.