Ideas for Family Meals
Sometimes one good idea makes all the difference!
Here are some ideas from families to make meals easier. What would work for your family?
Yes, I could do this:
( Use a crockpot. Shop for one at thrift stores or garage sales.
( Kids in daycare? Check with childcare to make sure children are
neither too hungry nor too full at the end of the day.
( Just home from work? Let the older children set the table. Eat
vegetables with dip while dinner is cooking.
( Talk about schedules. Plan nights when everybody can eat
( Take a cooking class; watch a cooking show on TV.
( Make sure there is a place to eat: clear off the clutter; buy a used
card table; use a tablecloth on the floor.
( Turn off your telephones and the television.
( Plan meals for four days at a time.
( Set up a dinner club with other families.
( Invite someone over for a meal. Make it a potluck.
( Talk with your family about sharing the work of cooking and
( Talk with friends, neighbors, or church members about sharing
shopping and cooking.
( Find new recipes to inspire you. Get books and videos from the
( Surf the web.
( Find some good music for cooking, clean up, and eating.
( Plan 5 things to talk about at a meal.
( Other? _____________________________________________
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