Spending quality time with your children doesn't have to be a prescheduled affair in a museum or art center -- you can both have lots of fun right in your own kitchen! At first, you'll need fun activities to keep your toddler busy while you fix dinner. But as your child gets older, he'll be a great kitchen helper, and everyone will feel like a team working together. Use meal preparation time to share experiences, talk about your day, and stay abreast of what's happening in your child's life. The kitchen will quickly become a hub of family closeness, and mealtime can turn into a smoothly run team effort.