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Oct
21
2014

Kids Role in Family Mealtime

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It has been so much fun making more time for family mealtime this year.   The kids role in family mealtime is so important and it has been a pleasure partnering with Barilla this year on their Share The Table initiative.

Kids Role in Family Mealtime

Those that know us know that we like to have fun together.  Having three boys makes for non-stop activity in our home.

I have witnessed a big change in our boys’ attitude towards sitting together at dinner.  We all look forward to gathering around the table to talk.  It’s been so much fun to see how much more my boys will open up to my husband and me.  They know that we are interested in even the little things that happen each day.

Kids Role in Family Mealtime

One of our goals this year was to have the boys help more in preparing dinner.  I will say that they don’t help for every meal, but I have tried to make it a point to get them more involved with dinner so they feel a part of the whole process.  They also seem to be more motivated to eat the dinner they helped with.  That’s always a plus 🙂

Another goal we had was to have the boys help with the cleanup after dinner.  No more dashing away from the table when they are done.  They know now that they bring their plate into the kitchen and help clear the table.  I am so glad we started this.  They are learning more responsibility and a respect of the work that goes into mealtime.

Kids Role in Family Mealtime

There’s no doubt that we will continue focusing on family mealtime every week.  We may not be 100% but we are doing better than we’ve ever done.  I love connecting and laughing with our silly family of boys over dinner.  A huge thanks to Barilla for promoting the importance of family mealtime and Sharing The Table.

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post on behalf of Barilla, however, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards Barilla or their products.


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  1. 1

    I can’t get over how grown up your boys are looking!!! Your baby isn’t a baby anymore! So adorable..

  2. 2
    Sues says:

    I love this! Helping out with family meals was a big part of my life growing up and I can’t wait to have kids and get them involved in all things food (and cleaning up!) 🙂

  3. 3
    Deborah says:

    We have started making it a rule that the kids have to take their plates to the sink when they are done. It’s funny, because the youngest one is the one who always remembers, while I always have to remind the two older kids! Your boys are adorable, Jenny!

  4. 4

    It’s so important, isn’t it? I’m learning this more and more… especially as my son is turning into a teenager. My husband travels a lot, and even when he is gone I try to sit down and eat dinner with my son. I actually sit and eat breakfast with him too and talk with him about his upcoming day! You can get a lot out of them just by sitting with them and chatting about random things. He does help with dinner sometimes, and he definitely helps with cleanup! Your boys are getting so big- adorable too!

  5. 5

    I absolutely LOVE this post. It’s very inspirational for when I have kids in the near future! Family dinners are SO important and I love that you’re involving your kids in not just during dinner, but also before and after. Nice work! 🙂

  6. 6

    I think it’s wonderful you are getting them involved. Studies show kids are more likely to choose healthy eating habits when they have grown up helping out in the kitchen. Kudos!!

  7. 7

    I love that you are having the kids help out with family meals! My mom did this with my brother and I when we were kids. And now we both LOVE to cook!

  8. 8

    Your boys have gotten so big! And it’s so true that family meal time is really important. It’s great they’re getting into a routine early on!

  9. 9

    Too funny Deborah
    Thanks for commenting.


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