Recently independent studies have shown that children enjoy to sit down at the supper table and have a meal with their parents. Also, they tend to eat a well-balanced, nutritious meal when they have a family meal. A number of health care professionals theorize that having dinner as a family is a crucial piece of the childhood obesity prevention puzzle. However with the frantic lives people seem to lead these days, getting the family all together in the same place at the same time can be a insurmountable chore. Between work schedules, after-school activities, errands, and the like, it seems there are not enough hours in the day. But with a few simple ideas and some thought, meal time can be an enjoyable and treasured family time.
Assign no less than one night per week to have a sit-down dinner with your family. Sunday nights are generally a good choice for this event because you have more time to relax and the weekend tasks have been completed. Next, the parents should design unique things to spruce up the family dinner.
Tell a Ridiculous Story About Dogs Night. Suggest it a few of days ahead of time, so everyone will have time to think. A couple of ground rules: Everyone gets to present their story uninterrupted. And each person thanks the person who was before him or her.
Pretend We’re at a Restaurant Night. Talk quietly, and eat in a sophisticated manner and act polite.
Tell Something Good About Carrots Night. You don’t have to eat it, you just have to research it and tell the rest of the family something good about it.
Make Believe We’re on an Island Where There’s Nothing to Eat but Vegetables Night. Be sure to take requests.
Incorporate your children in the meal planning and preparation. This gives them a strong sense of value and the foundation for a lifetime of healthy meal planning and preparation.
Avoid outside interruptions. Make sure the television is off, and make it a rule that all phone calls go to voice mail or the answering machine during the meal. Use this time to visit with one another and appreciate one anther’s presence. This is a great time to reestablish and discover what events happened this week. Take your time eating, and teach your children how to do the same in the process. Slowly eating is a healthy habit. Don’t jump up and start clearing dishes and putting things away until all are finished eating and talking.
Doing your meals this way at least once a week should provide a substantial foundation for healthy diet and healthy living for you and your family.
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