Eating meals together as a family might seem like a distant dream to parents. But as your child is growing, it’s even more important to share meals now and take advantage of its numerous benefits.
Family meals have been shown to improve parent-child relationship and encourage healthy food habits. It is also a good time to introduce new foods and model table manners.
With our easy and effective tips, you can enjoy family meals more often.
With a little planning ahead like buying in bulk, washing and cutting when you have time and making in big batches, can save a lot of hassle on busy weeknights. Keep a lot of healthy ingredients and vegetables at hand, which will help you to make meal plans and make healthier choices. Make a list for the week and buy over the weekend.
Keep it simple
Focus of mealtime should be to sit together, to eat a healthy and balanced meal, rather than stressing about an elaborate meal. Try to incorporate different food groups in the meal and offer complete nutrition.
Consider food preferences
If you are lacking meal ideas, get help from your family and kids. By preparing what your child and family would like to eat, will encourage them to eat happily and also be willing to help in cooking and cleaning. Offer them healthy options if they are inclined towards junk food more often. It is also a great way to teach your child about food, nutrition and health.
Predictable meal times bring a routine in your and your child’s life. It will greatly cut down on snacking when you know you are nearing mealtime and focus on health.
Ask for help
Involve your kids in cooking to spend more time together and share the load. Take this opportunity to teach the kids about the importance of eating healthy and nutrition. Make kids friendly meals sometimes that they can be proud of assisting you with. You can also ask your child to set the table and cleaning up the process.
Keep distractions at bay
Switch off technology and avoid reading on the dinner table. Applies for both parents and child.
Don’t use mealtime as time to discipline
Keep the meal time stress-free, so that everyone can communicate and enjoy. Keep it simple and leave the worries of disciplining and complaining behind.
Sharing meals together influence the overall mental and physical health of your child. While it is difficult to always find time to sit down with your family to eat dinner, drop the guilt and try to make the most of the family meals whenever possible.