With the kids at home every day, mealtimes can go one of two ways, a family get together and a chance to enjoy a semblance of normality in these strangest of times or a chaotic scream-fest in which you try to keep them sat down long enough to fill them up.
Hopefully, dinner at your house goes well more often than not. But just in case, we’ve put together a few ideas to try to make sure your lockdown mealtimes with the kids are relaxing meals.
It’s a family affair
Eating together makes for a much more enjoyable experience and builds a sense of family too. While there’s nothing wrong with fish fingers and other kid-friendly foods, it’s good to expose them to other foods as well. By eating together, your kids will get a chance to see you eating different, healthy dishes and hopefully start eating them as well. (Finally, my daughter eats hummus. Looking for a hummus recipe in preparation for International Hummus Day? We’ve got one for you).
Get them involved
The best way to get kids interested in dinner is to get them cooking with you. By asking them to do important jobs for you and assigning them tasks, they will feel like they are really helping. Everybody likes to feel responsible and needed and this applies to kids at dinner time too.
Just remember that what might seem like an easy job for you, like “crack an egg in that bowl” or “grate some cheese, please”, are actually difficult tasks for children. They haven’t had the practice you have and will probably end up making a mess. But let’s not worry about that yet.
Also, by getting kids more involved with the cooking, they will also be more inclined to eat up. After all, it’s their hard work they’ll be enjoying now, and they can see the effort that you put in every day.