Bond with Your Family by Eating Together

Food not only nurtures the physical body, but the bonds that tie families together emotionally. Since babies, children have bonded with parents whether they were breast feeding, or being bottle fed or simply learning how to eat solid foods. It seems weird that suddenly, once a child has learnt to eat, families stop this bonding process.

By setting up a scheduled family meal time, families can stay connected and develop deeper levels of communication between each other. Set meal times are also a great way to schedule the day and help keep everyone organized, whether they’re returning home from work or school.

Family Dinner

 

Follow these tips to find out how you can eat together as a family.

Prioritize Dinner
Often dinner can be knocked off the menu so to speak, as work or school commitments come up. To combat this, make sure there are several set days during the week where family dinner is set in concrete and can only be cancelled for emergencies. It may seem tough, but it will pay out in the end.

Flexibility is Key
If there really is nothing you can do to alter a change to the schedule, remember that the time you eat dinner can change. Move it back or forwards an hour if there is a sudden change of plans. Being flexible is key to making family dinners happen.

Keep Meals Simple
If you want to eat together than ensure that the meals you’re providing do not take long to prepare. If everybody has to wait for dinner to cook because it’s taking longer than expected then they’re going to be less inclined to wait around the next time.  If you really feel like cheating a little then cook the meal beforehand and defrost it to be eaten.  Use a meal planner to help you know when and what to cook. Simple meals will work out best if you’re cooking them on the day – research some family recipes that take around 30 minutes or less to prepare.

Teach by Example
Having young children in the family means that they will probably be with you when you’re preparing the family dinner. Get them involved in the process to help interest them in dinner time. It can be inspiring to see the excitement that simply cutting up or peeling potatoes can give to a child. By allowing your child to help prepare dinner you’re also going to make them more eager to eat it and remove tea time tantrums.

This is a guest post by Jennifer Stevenson. Jennifer Stevenson is a freelance writer, delivering tips about meal planning and how to get the most out of family recipes.

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