The importance of family dinners

The importance of family dinners

When your child starts eating solid foods, your meal schedules don’t usually line up. You might not be hungry or have time to eat at the same time as them. Nevertheless, from the earliest meals, children benefit from a parent or the entire family’s presence at mealtimes.

Tips

• Eat the same food as your children when you can. They’ll imitate you and try the same things as you.

• Describe what’s on your child’s plate. Name the food, taste, colour and texture. If the food has been prepared differently, for example, if carrots are pureed instead of sliced, tell your child so they know that it’s something they’ve already eaten.

• Invite your child into the kitchen or bring their high chair closer to the counter so they can see how you’re preparing their meal.