In New Jersey homes, dinnertime is often less than fun. Parents are tired and stressed from their workday and the focus is often on just getting something on the table for everyone to eat.
We have all heard how important it is for families to share a meal together but some evenings it just seems impossible. Here are some rules to follow to make having a family dinner a regular and fun part of your day.
Limit your child’s activities. Do your children really need to be involved in every activity that they are offered? Try to coordinate schedules so that you get at least one day a week where family dinner time happens.
Accept that both parents may not be at the dinner table. Due to work schedules and commuting, sometimes only one parent may be at the dinner table. Maybe your family dinners will only include both parents on the weekend. It is what it is and you need to be flexible and work with it.
Don’t stress over picky eaters. Younger children often go through stages of not liking different foods. Dinner time is not the time to battle. Instead get your child more involved with food preparation and you may find that your picky eater will get adventurous with food.
The key to easier dinners is to prepare. Spending some time on the weekends pre-cooking and freezing meals is a time-saver for working parents. Involve your children with this preparation for even more bonding time. Save money by prepping for meals. Read more here .
Gathering around the dinner table at the end of the day is a great way to catch up and bond with your children. Making this a routine is good for your children and for you.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the uniqueness of your family. As every parent knows, childhood goes by quickly. Enjoy whatever time you get together and make the most of it.
For family friendly recipes, try the following links.
Mealtime with Momma Vicky
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Tips for Seasoning Chicken Breasts
Check out these supermarkets in your area for family friendly recipes to make your family dinners stress-free.