It is interesting to me which memories stand out from our childhood. I remember waiting for my dad to come home from work so that we could sit down for dinner together as a family. Since the majority of my extra-curricular activities took place during the school day (music lessons) or during the summer months (baseball) I don’t remember any nights where we didn’t have supper together as a family until I got a job.
Eating dinner together every night is not a realistic option. Trust me. Once our kids started their extra-curricular activities we found it hard to sit down together every night. Right now we are lucky to have 5 out of 7 days available to have supper as a family. Some weeks, those 5 days turn into 2, 3 or 4 but we always eat together when we can!
Here are 7 Ways to Make Family Dinner Successful
#1) Get the family involved in shopping and food preparation. Kids love to help out in the kitchen. And if your kids are anything like mine, they are guaranteed to eat a meal they helped plan or cook.
#2) Turn off cell phones and the TV. When you aren’t distracted by electronic devices you can connect with your kids and vice versa. Unless you are a doctor or have a profession where “on-call” can’t wait, the world will not fall about in a 1 hour time period 😉
#3) Conversation Starters. Printing out a list of conversation starters is a great way for you to keep the line of communication open with your kids. While it is a great way to get to know little details about your kids, it is also a great way for your kids to learn more about you!
#4) Make dinner fun with theme nights. Plan a dress-up night. Whether it be formal night, pirate night or some other fun theme, your kids will love a fun theme night surprise.
#5) Keep it realistic. Younger children will find it hard to sit through family dinners. Don’t expect too much from them. Try printing out a few colouring page placemats or fun activities
#6) Keep it simple. Sometimes all you need is a great base to make your next family meal perfect. Happy Planet not only has great grab-and-go soup options, but also has fabulous, fresh, family size soups as well!
These soups from Happy Planet are not only delicious, but healthy for you!
- Made with fresh, premium, natural and certified organic ingredients
- Contain NO preservatives, artificial ingredients, colourings or anything that you can’t pronounce!
- Organic, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, and vegan options
- Delicious, nourishing, and convenient meal solutions – just heat and enjoy!
- Proudly Canadian & made in small kettle batches in BC & Ontario
With 11 globally inspired flavours you are sure to please everyone’s tastebuds:
- West African Squash & Cashew
- Portuguese Kale & White Bean
- Thai Chicken Soup
- Santa Fe Chili
- Berkeley Butternut Squash Soup
- Louisiana Sweetcorn and Red Pepper Soup
- Indian Split Pea Soup
- Moroccan Chickpea Soup
- Mediterranean Minestrone
- Tuscan Tomato Soup
- Thai Coconut Soup
While these soups taste great as the star of the meal, these flavours can also be used as a base for your own delicious creation!
#7) It is never too late to start! Try setting a modest goal of two times a week and build from there. Any amount of time is great!
How do you make family dinnertime successful?
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