What most parents would do in stopping their younger kids from entering into the kitchen to assist, simply, the parents worry that the kids may mess up the kitchen as well as slowing the food preparation process. I remember when I was growing up, my mother actually needed us to be in the kitchen, why? She really needed help. We did not have fancy kitchen equipments, so a lot more manual and labor work were required in the kitchen. So my mother will always got me and my elder brother next to her to prepare lunch, dinner.