Family Dinner, A Time For Healthy Eating

8 May

Recent studies show that children love to sit down at the dining table and eat a meal with their parents. Additionally, they tend to eat a well-balanced, nutritious meal when they eat a family meal. A number of health care professionals believe that having dinner as a family is a crucial piece of preventing childhood obesity puzzle. But with the furiously paced lives families seem to lead these days, assembling the family all together in the same place at the same time can be a mountainous 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 creative ideas and some thought, meal time can be a relaxing and fun filled family time.
Designate no less than one night per week to have a sit-down dinner with your family.  Sunday nights are often a good choice for this event because you have more time to enjoy and the weekend tasks have been completed. Next, the parents should think up ways to spruce up the family dinner.
Tell an Amusing Story About Cats Night. Suggest the topic a few of days ahead of time, so people will have time to think. A couple of game rules: Everyone gets to tell their story uninterrupted. And each person thanks the person who was before him or her.
Make Believe We’re at a Dinner Theater Night. Talk quietly, and eat in a civilized way and act polite.
Present Something Good About Carrots Night. You don’t have to eat it, you just have to research it and present to the rest of the family one good thing 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 life 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.  Take this time to communicate with one another and delight in the family’s company.  This is a terrific time to restore and dig up what events occured this week.  Don’t rush through eating, and teach your children how to do the same in the process.  Eating slowly is a healthy habit.  Don’t be too anxious to start clearing dishes and putting things away until everyone is done eating and talking.
Doing your meals this way at least once a week will provide a terrific groundwork for healthy diet and healthy living for you and your family.

About the Author

Derrel Allen is a father of five, information technology adviser and professional entertainer. Read more about kids party entertainment at his website

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