My youngest at 2, is always interested in what I am doing - just like her older siblings were at the same age.
But since things tend to be hectic with three kids, I often forget to give her opportunities to work alongside me.
Can I tell you, her face just lit up when I offered her the chance to de-rib kale leaves with me so that we could bake kale chips.
She was focused and engaged for a good fifteen minutes and then moved on to helping me wash the other vegetables for dinner which were already hanging out in the sink area.
Not only was she not underfoot, she was helping me, being productive as well as exercising her independence and will.