Start the routine of your family dinners as soon as possible (even ten months old is not too early) and hang on for dear life! Families have become so busy, with both parents working, and children scheduled for countless school and athletic events, that dinner time has all but disappeared. It’s important to make family dinner a priority.
Benefits of eating with our kids:
- Your young child’s speech development will flourish. Children learn about reciprocity by being part of the conversation. They will also learn the importance of eye contact and storytelling.
- Table manners will be taught regularly and by modeling.
- Setting and clearing the table will allow your children to be part of a family that works together.Â Opportunities like this instill a sense of belonging.
- Children who eat with their parents are more willing to try new foods. The meal becomes not about what they eat and more about connecting as a family.
- As your kids grow older, more mature conversations will unfold at dinnertime. Through regular dinner conversation, even teens will feel comfortable sharing their highs and lows.
- Don’t forget about good old-fashioned fun without technology, so other skills are being fostered and encouraged. (Make it a rule: no iPhones at the table!)
Learning good table manners and conversation skills are valuable, but children connecting with their parents everyday is a life changer.
My Favorite book –The Family Dinner by Laurie David