A fun way to involve children in caregiving is to include them when you are preparing meals to give to those who are going through a difficult time.  Adina Bailey, co-founder of the site Take Them A Meal, wrote  a post with ideas on how to include your child when taking meals to others.  A few of her ideas are:

1. Ask your child to color/draw a picture or make a homemade card for the meal recipient.

2. Print out the menu of what you prepared for the meal recipient. Ask your child decorate it with stickers, markers, etc.

3. Let your child select the dessert and make it together. Cookies are a great selection because you can make them on the day prior to your scheduled meal.

For the rest of the Adina’s ideas, see 7 Ways to Include Children in Meal Taking

Here are my additional thoughts on delivering meals to others:

4. Invite your child to help you deliver the meal.  Most people eagerly welcome a child; their presence makes the gift of food all the more special.

5. Remember your attitude in the meal preparation and in the delivery is being observed by your child.  Remember to model the kind of caregiver you want your child to be now and in the future.

Photo Credit: Tarah Tamayo

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