7 Bad Dinner-Table Habits Your Family Needs to Break
Put an end to these common dinner distractions and even your teenager will sit up and smile. (Yes….we said, “smile.”) Create mealtime moments everyone can enjoy when you end these bad habits.
Bad Habit #1: Gadgets at the Table
Declare your table a phone-free zone. If necessary, collect everyone’s devices in a basket, and return them once the meal is through. Set a good example and stash your phone away, too.
Bad Habit #2: Fast Food
Fast-food dinners aren’t exactly the stuff memories are made of. Too busy to cook? Keep a few quick recipes on hand and include the family in meal prep. Not only will you enjoy a home-cooked meal more, but preparing it together makes the night extra special.
Bad Habit #3: Bickering
A lot of families get hung up on this one, so simply avoid stressful or sensitive discussions at the dinner table. Play referee if kids and teens argue at the table.
Bad Habit #4: Eating in Front of the TV
How can you talk, laugh and make memories when all eyes are glued to the TV? Instead, turn it off and entertain each other. Have a few questions at the ready to start a fun discussion. “Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?” or “What song brings back the best memories?” are both great conversation starters.
Bad Habit #5: Flying Solo
Put a stop to grab-and-go meals. Tell your teen no more eating in her room, and suggest your husband stop working at the computer while scarfing down dinner. There are several chairs at the table for a reason—so you can enjoy meals together as a family!
Bad Habit #6: Eating on the Go
We get it. Life is busy. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with noshing on sandwiches on the way to the soccer game or tossing back snack mix while driving to a scout meeting, don’t make it a habit. Strive to enjoy at 2 sit-down family meals per week—that’s about 100 family meals per year!
Bad Habit #7: Not Being Prepared
As with most things in life, a little preparation goes a long way when it comes to mealtime. Creating a weekly supper plan helps avoid stress at dinner time, and focusing on the which bad habits you want break helps you overcome those issues quicker and with fewer headaches.
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