Both kids are such picky eaters that we’ve been wanting to have family dinners every night. We think that if the children see us eating a variety of foods, they’ll perhaps try them. Of course there are a few things that must happen before we can have successful meals together. This post has been sponsored by familydinners.org.
Making Family Dinners Happen
Set a Beautiful Table
Eating at a messy table is not conducive to cooperative children. Currently, our kitchen table is home to several LEGO sets that need to be cleared away. I’ve been teaching the kids how to set a proper table, so we usually do that after we clean off the table. I would love to get some cushions for the chairs so that everyone’s comfortable.
Cook Meals Everyone Enjoys
Unfortunately, I don’t think we could have quesadillas and grilled cheese every night for dinner; but the kids are both limited in the things they like to eat. They both love steak, especially C. I’ve also found a couple of casseroles they like, as well as baby carrots. We’re slowly finding new foods they’ll eat.
Set Boundaries for Children
Whenever we’ve tried family meals in the past, we’ve experienced children who can’t stay still and constantly whine to get up. I think we really need to set some ground rules: no getting up, no whining, and no playing with your food. I’m not sure if I’m a proponent of making them try everything on their plate, as both kids have sensory issues.
I look forward to sitting down with my family every night for a meal. Hopefully, the kids will both start to enjoying eating together as a family.