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4 Tips: Making Family Meals Fun (video)

Do you have a hard time getting your kids to come to the dinner table? Parent Earth expert and mother of two,
Laurie David, shares her secrets to making dinnertime more appealing for children.

Name your Nights- Get kids excited about mealtime by creating simple themes such as Taco Tuesday or Meatless Monday. Your kids can have something to look forward to and this will turn a regular night into a special occasion.
Get kids into the kitchen-Try giving your kids simple tasks during meal preparation, they will feel like they participated and get a sense of pride and ownership over their creation. Check out Nicole and her daughters make tasty granola, the girls have so much fun and are more likely to try something new: How to Make Healthy Granola with Children
Create rituals- No stress! Just try to turn any family activity into a regular event. A Sunday Night family potluck dinner or even just tea before bed can become a great time for bonding and sharing with your children.
Participation Meals-Kids love having the option to personalize their food, make sure you provide healthy options and let them build their very own creation.

What are your tips for making family meals fun?

More mealtime tips from Laurie on Care2:
5 Family Food Rules (video), Laurie David

3 Tips: Stress Free Family Meals (video), Laurie David

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ParentEarth.com has great videos about food for parents and pregnant women on everything from cooking and gardening to nutrition and behavior. Our mission is to answer parents' questions about food and create a world that nurtures healthy, thriving children.

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3:40PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

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2:32AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

4:29AM PST on Feb 12, 2012

Thanks, good article :)

10:13PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

Very nice.

3:20PM PST on Dec 20, 2011

It's such an important part of social development, dinner time should be the moment of the day that you have time for each other...

4:53AM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

I've always hated family meals. They are a torture!

10:39AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

noted with thanks.

12:34AM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

nice article thanks for sharing

1:27PM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

good ideas

12:48PM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

extremely important thanks!

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