Experts agree that family meals benefit children’s learning. Children who regularly eat at least one meal a day with their families are healthier and has better grades. Family meantime is even more important than playtime, story time or other family events to increase vocabulary.
Eating meals as a family also gives your child the perfect opportunity to tell you all about his day.
Try these mealtime tips:
- Plan for meals. Let your child help you make menus for the week and create a grocery list
- Be creative. If your family can’t eat dinner together, that ‘s OK. Plan another special meal instead. Some families eat breakfast together. Others meet for dessert at the end of the day.
- Let your child help with meal preparation. He can measure ingredients and stir. Show him how to set and clear the table.
- Make mealtime fun. Put dinner in a box or bag. Spread out a blanket inside or outside for a picnic.
- Teach Manners – napkins in laps, chew with mouth closed, etc…
- Keep talk positive. Avoid negative topic or criticism, Have each family member tell one good thing about the day.
- Start traditions. For example, you might make pancakes on Saturday mornings or eat sandwiches on sunday night. The best tradition only need two ingredients family and fun!
For more tips and info on the important of family meals visit The family Dinner Project https://thefamilydinnerproject.org
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