Family Dinnertime TipsSchedule dinner as you would an appointment, so it’s not rushed or crazy. You schedule most other things in your life—why not meals?
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MAKE MEALS AS MUCH ABOUT FAMILY TOGETHERNESS AS THEY ARE ABOUT FOOD
Aim to have dinner together at least 3 times a week. If everyone is on a different schedule, try to have dessert together
Turn off the TV, radio, cell phones and pagers to eliminate distractions and foster family discussion
MAKE DINNER MORE INTERESTING
Turn an everyday meal into a special occasion. Use nice dishes and a tablecloth, and give your “holiday” a name, such as “Great Report Card Day” or “The Merry Unbirthday Party”
If the weather’s fine, eat outdoors! If you don’t have an outdoor dining area, simply spread a blanket on the lawn for an impromptu picnic
Plan an ethnic food night, complete with dishes you and your family have never eaten before
Serve a big breakfast at dinnertime, including eggs, toast and sausage, plus pancakes or waffles for dessert
IF YOU HAVE KIDS...
Involve them in the cooking process. It’s not only fun, you’re also teaching an important life skill. Plus, when children help cook, they learn to appreciate the time it takes to prepare meals
Ask very young children to help set the table
Encourage healthy eating habits and polite manners by awarding points, coupons or fake money. These awards that can be redeemed for a visit to the toy store, or some other reward
Go around the table and have everyone share at least one of the following:
One good thing that happened during the day
One thing to be thankful for
One nice thing he/she did for someone else
One thing he/she learned during the day
One thing he/she is looking forward to tomorrow