All my childhood I have been eating dinner in the family. Most of the time, the family was extended with friends, aunts, cousins and uncles. Lunch was spend with grandma and grandpa because my parents worked a lot.
I always loved this lunch and dinner time. Great time to enjoy with my family. Now, lunch is spend eating with in-laws and dinner with my mother. I am lucky to be in the same city with my mom and my in-laws. I always loved to have dinner with friends or family. When I was living in London, I used to have dinner almost every evening with my friends. The best cook in the house was a boy. Great times with great people.
Eat together with your family every time you can. Have breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks. Sit together at the table, enjoy the meal and have kids around you. Teach them to eat around the table, having fun all together.
Food is made to be savored and it’s also made to be eaten at the table. Have a glass of wine with your meal. It is time well spend with the family. If you can’t do it every day try once a week. Sunday lunch with friends or family is great time to talk about your week, about happy times or bad times.
Have small meal courses instead of one big course and have all family participate in preparing the food or putting the table. Children learn about real food from your gatherings. Discuss at the table about the taste, the ingredients and how was made and interact with the kids. Teach kids that eating well is a pleasure not a sin.
When we take time to eat with friends and family, we focus on our food, we enjoy it more, and we’ll be less tempted after to binge on sugary and fatty snacks to compensate.
So, get pleasure in eating, learn from the French, and make a dinner or a lunch an amazing experience where food is the main guest.