Dining Together For Health

Thu, May 24, 2012


Recent studies demonstrate that children desire to sit down at the dinner table and have a meal with their parents. Consequently, they are more likely to eat a well-balanced, nutritious meal when they have a family meal. Many pediatric dieticians understand that having dinner together is a critical piece of the childhood obesity prevention puzzle. However with the busy lives families seem to lead these days, assembling the family all together in the same place at the same time can be a insurmountable chore. Between work schedules, after-school activities, errands, and the like, it seems there are not enough hours in the day.   Nevertheless with a few innovative ideas and some planning, meal time can be a treasured and enjoyable family time.
Assign no less than one night per week to have a sit-down dinner with your family.  Sunday nights are often a good choice for this event because you have more time to relax and the weekend tasks have been completed. Next, the parents should design unique things to spruce up the family dinner.
Tell a Ridiculous Story About Squirrels Night. Suggest it a few of days ahead of time, so people will have time to think. A couple of ground rules: Everyone gets to present their story uninterrupted. And each person thanks the person who has taken a turn before him or her.
Make Believe We’re at a Dinner Theater Night. Use our indoor voices, and eat in a sophisticated manner and act polite.
Tell Something Good About Broccoli Night. You don’t have to eat it, you just have to look it up and present to the rest of the family something good about it.
Pretend We’re on an Island Where There’s Nothing to Eat but Vegetables Night. Be sure to take requests.
Involve your children in the meal planning and preparation.  This gives them a strong sense of self and the basis for a lifetime of healthy meal planning and preparation.
Avoid outside interruptions. Make sure the television is off, and direct all phone calls go to voice mail or the answering machine during the meal.  Use this time to visit with one another and enjoy the company of one another.  This is a good time to restore and find out what things occurred this week.  Don’t rush through eating, and teach your children how to do the same in the process.  Eating slowly is a healthy habit.  Don’t be too anxious to start clearing dishes and putting things away until everyone is through eating and talking.
Doing your meals in this manner at least once a week will provide a substantial groundwork for healthy diet and healthy living for you and your family.

About the Author

Derrel Allen is a father of five, information technology adviser and professional entertainer. Read more about kids party entertainment at his website http://www.omagic.com/magicianindallas.htm

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