It’s 6:28 p.m.; your phone is ringing, the laundry needs folding, and the kids still need a bath… and then you hear it, “Mom, what’s for dinner?” This question can drive parents crazy! Luckily for you, you’ve planned ahead and proudly respond with, “grilled chicken with brown rice, steamed broccoli, and fresh fruit with yogurt parfaits.” Right? OK, maybe not.
You may be thinking, who has time to plan meals like this? Well, if you’ve got 15 minutes, you do!
Planning meals ahead of time can help parents save time, money, and avoid the stress that can come from “I’m hungry!” demands. Taking a few minutes to plan ahead can also help your family eat healthier and spend more time together.
As parents, we do everything we can to keep our children safe, happy and healthy. When it comes to offering healthy meals and snacks, it’s not just about the foods we offer, but the time our family spends together that’s important. Family meals play a big part in children’s health, and they’re a great time for learning and family bonding. Sharing meals together at the table offers a time for families to relax, laugh and talk about their day.
Make an effort to eat together as a family… and have some fun when you do!
Letter Night. Help your children try new foods and learn the alphabet by offering a letter-themed food during meals. For example, on “A” night, you could offer asparagus, apples, or avocado.
What was the best part of your day?
Who did you talk to today? What did you talk about?
What are you looking forward to doing this week?
If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?