When you think of happy family memories, does the smell of warm, delicious home-cooked meals come to mind as well? Food definitely brings people together and eating meals as a family is a huge part of family time!
Making time for meals as a whole family can be somewhat tricky with everyone’s busy schedules, but with these tips in mind, it can work and can even be the best time of day that everyone in your family looks forward to!
Tip #1: Make a Plan
Make sure you plan out when your meal times are and ensure everyone keeps to the plan as best as possible. Keeping a consistent mealtime schedule is also great for your overall health too!
Tip #2: Get Everyone Involved
Get your kids involved in the preparation of mealtime by asking them to help set the table, or with washing vegetables. By doing so, they will feel part of the process and appreciate the meal more because they had a part in preparing it.
Tip #3: Focus on Each Other
Make sure the focus is on each other and not electronic devices like phones, tablets and TVs. Mealtime is when everyone can relax and be with family while eating great food, without the distraction of media.
Tip #4: Talk About Interesting Topics
Now that you’re enjoying your meal together, make sure to talk about topics that everyone enjoys. You can go around the table and talk about everyone’s day, or talk about upcoming activities or trips. Communication is key!
Tip #5: Clean Up
The meal clean up is another opportunity to get everyone involved. It should not be left to just one person every night. Get your young ones involved by asking them to take their dishes to the sink or to help dry dishes.
Take advantage of mealtime and make it a family affair! Spending time together builds lasting memories.
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