Does she involve him in the activity? If not, she should try it in whatever way he can help. I let my kids start to help me as soon as they can follow me room to room. I have pictures of my kids, unable to stand on their own, wobbly standing at the open dryer helping me put clothing into it. When I did dishes, I may put them in the high chair where I was & hand them the unbreakable items to "dry" with a towel, etc. Kids want to be with you as mom. That is natural & a good thing. I just did my best to involve them as I could.
I also have a small kitchen cupboard I emptied of things that matter, I put a touch light in it, I put a small stick on hook to the backside so they have a handle to pull it shut & I put items in there they can have, like wooden spoons & some empty plastic food storage things they can pound on for drums, or play kitchen, or whatever. I have a very small kitchen too. It's a pain to give up that space but it also saves my sanity & makes them happy, so I am good with that trade off.
I also gauge what is happening. Is the child more clingy than usual? If so, I adjust & cuddle more. You don't get worse by having needs met. If you are hungry & someone feeds you, that doesn't make you more hungry. Likewise if a child is hungering for your attention, give more. Developmentally they go through tons of phases, many we aren't attuned to, so I trust my child. If my child eats only 3 blueberries for breakfast, people say to me (doctor included) she'll eat when she's hungry. So I am told, over & over (which I agree) to trust her to tell me how much food she needs. Likewise I trust them to tell me how much attention they need. My kids have varied at different ages & one to the other at how much attention they need. I find that if my child wants attention, I can either opt to give it, or I can muster through with them hanging off me, crying, carrying on & and then give it after, and if I had just stopped & spent 20 mins of great interaction to start with, all of that could have been avoided. But at 2, it can brain development, could be teeth, could be a growth spurt, could be that the sky is too blue, because let's face it, at 2 a child will beg you for a waffle, you make it, then say they don't want it. Then you take it away & eat it & then they cry you ate their waffle. I have had them cry because I cut the sandwich up, even though they always want it cut. Even so, they all eventually were no longer 2 or 3 & came around to be far less clingy & making a whole lot more sense. I didn't parent my toddlers to stop being toddlers, instead I opted to accept that they were toddlers & work with them in their strange little world & they all grew out of it.