Ways to Get Your Family Around the Dinner Table
Distractions are all around us and often not far from the palm of our hand. Between work, school, extra-curricular activities and being plugged in so much these days it can make a simple task like getting the family together for dinner seem like one giant undertaking. But with a few strategies, you can press pause and find easier ways to get your family in one spot to enjoy a meal together. Plus, it can allow you to get some quality time in between all of the chaos and reconnect as a family. Here are some ideas to help you enjoy mealtime with the entire gang.
Planning is a must when you’ve got a plethora of tasks and schedules to juggle. By planning ahead, you can find time to pick out your recipes, utilize your handy cookware like your crockpot, and make dinner prep a whole lot easier. This will let you get things done while dinner is being sorted, and having it ready to go when it needs to be.
Give Your Family A Choice
One of the best ways to boost up your family’s enthusiasm for dinnertime together is by letting each member of the family take their turn in choosing the meal. You can give them a few to select from or if you have the time and patience, give them full liberties.
Create Theme Days
Adding in a theme day or a few can also provide some structure for the kids. For example having Pizza Wednesdays or Taco Tuesdays can get them excited and can make it easier to get everyone to the table at one time.
You shouldn’t have to take on the sole task of dinner prep. Get your family involved, too! Assigning tasks for your family members gives them a taste of responsibility as well. They can contribute by setting the table, loading the dishwasher or even helping you cook the meal. Let them be more involved.
Keep It Fun
Dinnertime shouldn’t be a quiet serious time. Keep it upbeat and fun by playing some light fun music, encouraging your kids to talk about their day, or even making some verbal games. Try to keep the mood light and avoid using this time for discussing negative topics like poor grades or any other issues. This can end up associating dinnertime with scolding time.
Believe it or not, getting the whole family around the dinner table isn’t as impossible as it may seem. Even with the chaos of life and the distractions of technology, you can find the time to carve out some quality family time for dinner with these simple strategies.