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Tips to Make Family Meals Fun

​Eating together builds family connections. Busy schedules for parents and children can make having regular family meals a challenge, but family meals provide a great opportunity to get to know each other. Much more than food is shared. Family meals nourish the body, mind and soul. Try some of the following tips to help you connect with your family at mealtime.

Plan ahead
Write down a weekly dinner menu and post it on the refrigerator. Children look forward to it—especially if you make it sound good.

Get everyone involved
For example, have the children set the table while dad cooks. Then mom and the children clean up.

Establish clear expectations
Family rules may include: No phone calls or text messages during dinner, no TV, be polite to the cook, ask to be excused, and clear your dishes.

Slow down
To create a calm environment, try an occasional candlelit dinner.

Keep it pleasant
Don’t use mealtime to resolve family conflicts or discuss school problems. Emphasize open discussion. Have fun at mealtime with MealConversionStarters.pdfEat/ Talk. Connect! conversation starters.

Last updated: 11/12/2012 10:25 AM