Learning to Set the Table
For every busy parent, dinnertime is stressful. You want to serve a healthy meal and spend time together -- but at the end of a long day, even zapping leftovers can be a challenge. Make it easier by teaching your child how to set the table. Kids 5 and up are ready to learn this basic chore, so get your child on board by talking up how important her job is. For younger kids, skip the sharp knives, use dishes that aren't breakable, and set all the supplies out on the counter. Older kids can grab dishes and silverware themselves. To help your child remember where everything goes, use our guide on the next page. And when you sit down to eat, make sure you praise her for a job well done. She'll feel so proud to finish her big-kid task -- and you'll enjoy a dinner that's a little bit less rushed.