Sometimes it's hard to rally the troops from phone conversations, video games, homework or after school activities for a sit down dinner. But as the saying goes, "The family that eats together, stays together."
To see how you can make family dinners easier,
To make eating together more plausible, consider prepping and cooking with your lil ones. Not only will it cut down on your work load, the kids will learn a sense of pride while learning a thing or two. And, those picky eaters might be willing to give green beans a second chance after they've put a lil elbow grease into the efforts.
Chef Antonio Frontera, along with other celeb chefs and writers, co–authored Chicken Soup for the Soul: Kids in the Kitchen ($15). The recipe book is dedicated to involving children in the cooking process while games and anecdotes are peppered into the mix. In the foreword, the southern mama chef Paula Deen wrote,
There is no better way to strengthen family ties than to cook and eat together. It's the one time of the day when you can relax with your kids, hear about their day, and show them how they can contribute to the family meal.
Studies show that children who eat meals with their families do better in school and eat more nutritiously.
So give your kids (and yourself) an advantage by giving them a head–start in the kitchen. In no time, your babes will be begging to whip up a mean Waldorf salad or a tasty batch of fudge.
Now you'll just have to figure out how to find the joys of cleaning up together!