Lynn also gives her boys the responsibility of planning one meal per week. She says this takes some of the load off herself and her husband, and leads to the family trying new foods. Read more about Lynn’s approach to dinner in her Family Blog post.
To encourage responsibility in the kitchen, have your kids browse through simple recipes and try their hands at making a meal. Below, we’ve selected a few possibilities from ChopChop magazine, a publication devoted to nutritious, inexpensive meals. Have your kids mix and match to create their own menu!
Who said responsibility has to be tedious? Use these games to make responsibility fun.
Choose a food on your plate and count how many steps were involved in getting it to your table. For example, “rewinding” your glass of milk’s journey might look like this: table, kitchen, grocery store, truck, distribution site, really big truck, farm, cow. If someone gets stuck, go around and see if anyone can think of more steps. How far back you can go?
Before or after dinner, gather up some construction paper, markers and tape, and make a chore chart with your family. Check out this excellent chore chart Pinterest board for creative ideas on how to make one.
Here are a few fun conversation starters to get your family talking about responsibility.
For even more recipes, activity tips and conversation ideas, visit The Family Dinner Project. You can read our Family Blog for ideas and inspiration, get advice and tips from family therapist Dr. Anne Fishel, and find new ways to have dinnertime fun with your family.
Happy food, fun and conversation!