Too many times dinner becomes routine and brief. Dinner is a time to check in with kids, provide healthy food and set an example of how to we take care of ourselves. Watching tv at dinner, distracted by a smart phone or even working through dinner are examples of what not to do during dinner that are all to common today. Here are some ways to connect with kids and make mealtimes fun.
Have a picnic
Change up dinner by spreading out an old blanket or quilt on the ground. Eating on the ground will mix things up and encourage being relaxed and enjoying each other’s company. Meals may last longer than they do at the table.
So… What did you do today?
My parents would say this to me every night and I would always say “Nothing”. This is a fun way to get kids to talk about their day. Taking turns, each family member reports on three things about his or her day. The catch: two are true, one is not. The others have to guess what didn’t happen. Kids love trying to trick parents.
Mix up your dishes
Use a tea set for dinner. Kids may laugh at the sight of a parent using tinny cups and plates for eating. Try using toothpicks or chop stick instead of forks.
Let kids be involved
Now that it’s spring have kids go outside and pick flowers for the dinner table. Allow your children to create menus and serve the parents. Ask them for help planning a meal or adding secret ingredients. Kids do enjoy cooking and being a part of the family.