Add Articles    New Articles    Best Articles     Search Articles

help, Support, Kids, Children, Dating, Parenting alone, Need Help!

 

Table of Contents  :  What's New  :  What's Hot
Shopping Mall  : Directory  : Personal Ads
 SPN Newsletter

single parent network for single parent supportsingle parent newslettersingle parents love and match makingarticles and resourcefull read for single parentssingle parent chat and friendssingle parent discount and save moneysingle parent supportive and helpful communitysingle parents network donationssingle parent private mail to keep parents safesingle parent search for other single parent stuff
 

 

Top : Single Parenting : Family Time At Dinner Time 

         Advance Search

Family Time At Dinner Time

When was the last time that the whole family sat down for dinner? Last night? Last week? Last month? So long ago, that you are unable to remember?
Nowadays, family members rarely get a chance to spend quality time together since everyone is busy with work, school, meetings, and other activities. Even though it might seem impossible with different schedule, family togetherness can happen and should be pursued – especially at dinnertime.

When was the last time that the whole family sat down for dinner? Last night? Last week? Last month? So long ago, that you are unable to remember?
Nowadays, family members rarely get a chance to spend quality time together since everyone is busy with work, school, meetings, and other activities. Even though it might seem impossible with different schedule, family togetherness can happen and should be pursued – especially at dinnertime.

According to a study published in Archives of Family Medicine, eating dinner as a family leads to healthier eating habits. The research studied the eating habits of 16,000 children, ages 9-14 years and found that they were more likely to eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables. Dinner can provide a larger proportion and intake of energy and key nutrients than other meals and snacks. Children tend to learn from example and therefore it is important to take time and eat healthy.

Not only does family dinner have health benefits, but it is also a time for everyone to reconnect. Turn off the television and let the answer machine pick up calls and use this time to learn about your family’s day, or discuss upcoming family events and issues that are on each other’s mind. This time can also serve as a great opportunity for your children to develop their conversation and listening skills, as well as learn table etiquette.

There are a number of ways to get your family excited about dinnertime: • Set a time for dinner each night and let your family know in advance so they are able to schedule meeting and other activities around this time. • Encourage your children to brainstorm ideas for a weekly dinner theme night. This can be something like “Taco Night” or “Pasta Night”. Have them help you plan the menu and go together to shop for the items at the store. • Make dinnertime colorful by having a variety of vegetables and fresh fruit. • Allow everyone to help prepare dinner. Younger children can set the table or fold napkins. Older children, with adult supervision, can help prepare the meal. • Preparing a meal can be a great time for your children to sharpen their math skills. Have them measure mixes or seasonings for you. Encourage your children’s reading by allowing them to read the recipe aloud for you. • Use the Internet to find some fun family recipes. Some sites to visit include: http://familyzone.lycos.com http://www.allrecipes.com http://www.familyfoodzone.com/cooking/index.html http://www.5aday.com.recipes/index.html • Did your mom pass down an old family recipe or do you have a special recipe from a family cookbook? Prepare the dish for your family and share the story of the recipe with your family. • Allow everyone to prepare a signature dish. For young children, this can be something as simple as helping with the salad. Older children might be able to prepare a healthy, fruit dessert. • Make a goal to have your family try at least one new food item a month

With some simple planning, you can make dinnertime a special time for the whole family.

Apryl Chapman Thomas

Keywords: family, dinner, food, eating healthy

About the Author
Apryl C, Athens, GA USA
aprylcthomas@hotmail.com

Freelance writer who enjoys traveling, antiquing and of course, writing!

Submitted by: Apryl C, Athens *  

17-Jul-2002         Hits: 481     Rating: 10.00     Votes: 1      Rate It


Return back to your last page ?

 
 

 

 Add Articles    New Articles    Best Articles     Search Articles


 

Copyright © 1998-2010 Single Parents Network. All rights reserved.
Legal disclaimer - Copyright Policy
Our Standards