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7 Ways to Make Family Dinner Successful

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.

7 ways to make family dinner successful

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!

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  • Thai Chicken Soup
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  • Louisiana Sweetcorn and Red Pepper Soup
  • Indian Split Pea Soup
  • Moroccan Chickpea Soup
  • Mediterranean Minestrone
  • Tuscan Tomato Soup
  • Thai Coconut Soup

West African Squash

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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Chandra O'Connor

Wednesday 30th of December 2015

My daughter and I eat together, it's important to me.

Amber C

Tuesday 24th of November 2015

Those are some really great pointers!! I think the hardest thing for my family is turning off the devices!!


Tuesday 24th of November 2015

These are great ways to make family dinner successful, I may have to implement some of these tips!

Chandra O"Connor

Monday 23rd of November 2015

good ideas, soup looked yummy

Nicole Escat

Monday 23rd of November 2015

We're trying to make a successful dinner together with my family, i think this would be perfect for my family. I like your smart advice.