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Tips for Making and Eating More Meals Together

  • Make family meals a priority in your household. Focus on the importance of being together as a family more than on making an elaborate meal.
  • Start with small steps. Increase the number of family meals by one extra meal a week. Small steps can lead to large rewards.
  • As a family, plan a menu for the week and make a grocery list. Using weekly grocery store ads to design meals for the week and clipping appropriate coupons are great ways to work together to keep costs down.
  • Let children gather food needed for making the meal from the cabinets, pantry, or the refrigerator.
  • Let children mix foods together or stir food in a pot with appropriate supervision. If the oven is needed, kids can set the temperature or prepare a salad.
  • Ask your child to help set the table.
  • Work as a family to clean up after dinner, making it fun!
  • Select family-friendly recipes that give everyone an important task to do. This will teach children about the importance of family togetherness and team work, which helps the job get done faster.
  • Design conversation cards. These cards can be used to start conversations at the dinner table just in case there is quiet time.
  • Turn off the TV! Instead, use the time to talk about each other’s day.

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