Dinnertime is difficult on most families because everyone does something different but busy during the day. Kids go to school and activities followed by homework. Parents work and make sure the house, bills, and loved ones are taken care of. The whole dynamic of everyone getting together for dinner is a wholesome one but it can still be a challenge.
So, how do you make dinnertime easier on your family? This article is here to help you spend a little more time relaxing over a delicious meal with your family and a little less time preparing something for everyone to eat.
Agree and Commit to Zen Mode When Everyone Sits at the Dinner Table
Zen mode is when everyone puts away their phones and distractions to have a nice, peaceful dinner with their loved ones. Commit to this. It’s good for you and your family’s bond, as well as everyone’s mental and emotional health.
Get everyone in your family on-board for having a zen dinner without the buzz of cellphones, the ding of instant messengers, or the drone of a television set. The only electronic sound should be the ones coming from outside, like civil construction Boston MA. Nothing comes back on in the house until everyone is done at the dinner table.
Make Nutritious, In-Bulk, Oven-Ready Dinners for the Entire Family Ahead of Time
You’re busy—everyone is. But you can still make nutritious meals that can be ready in half-an-hour for your family on the busiest of weekdays. Pick an off day from your schedule. One where you have nothing else going on. Then double a few dinner recipes, stow them in freezer-ready containers, and pop them in the oven or microwave for quick, delicious, nutrient-rich meals to feed your loved ones.
Assign Everyone a Dish, i.e. Main Course, Side Dishes, Dessert, etc.—and Cook Together
Families that cook together are happier because everyone contributes. No one takes on the task of cooking for everyone all of the time. Sit down together once a week, as a family, to discuss the next week’s dinner menu. Pick a home-cook line-up—which is someone to cook the main course on different nights of the week.
Everyone else will be in charge of side dishes and dessert. Not only is this helpful to the adults, but it’s an excellent way to teach children 1) how to cook and 2) how to be responsible.