Mealtime Is A Family Affair
Mealtime isn't Mom's job or Dad's job - it is a Family Affair. Even very young children can help set the table and clear away the trash. When they are older, they can help chop veggies, design menus, and do the dishes. EVERYONE can clear their place.
SPICE UP THE FAMILY MEAL
Almost every family finds themselves in a rut at some time when it comes to dinner. Here are some fun ways to spice up the family meal:
- CHANGE THE ATMOSPHERE: Dim the lights, light candles and put on soft music
- SOMETIMES: Eat in the dining room just because!
- EAT IN DIFFERENT PLACES: Under the table/in front of the fireplace/in the treehouse/in the park
- PLAN AN ETHNIC NIGHT:
- Research another culture and food
- Make placemats, placecards, centerpieces that fit – give a report – great use of the Internet
- CHANGE PLACES AT THE TABLE: Take over the duties of that chair
- MAKE BIRTHDAYS A BIG DEAL: Make a special requested meal
- PLAN A FAMILY MEAL TOGETHER: find recipes, grocery shop and cook together
- PICK A THEME FOR YOUR MEAL:
- Get creative – have you ever had a completely green meal – pick your own color and have fun!
- Plan a meal where all the food begins with the letter “P”. What could you have? Pizza/pickles/pigs in a blanket/popcorn/pink cookies/pears etc.
- MAKE HOMEMADE PIZZA
- BAKE COOKIES OR A CAKE: For a neighbor or shut-in
- SHOP TOGETHER: For the local foodshelf
- FIND A KID'S COOKBOOK: Help them plan and make a meal
- YOUR IT!: Choose a special person each night and everyone must go around and say positive things about that person
- CREATE A SPECIAL PLATE: Make a special plate to identify the person of the night or the birthday person
- TALK: About the High and Low of the Day/ Good Thing - Bad Thing/ Happy and Sad - everyone takes their turn
- WITH TEENS: Find a resource with great conversation starters. Books like “Why” “I’d Rather” and “Keep Talking” give hundreds of ideas to get the conversation flowing