Family style meals are important for children and a great bonding opportunity. Children in the summer camp classes made their own sandwiches today by picking their toppings. Even if it didn't "match!"
Katie chooses to put on her sandwich jelly, lettuce, tomato, mayo, cheese, bacon, and pickles.
She ate the whole thing!
Madison chooses to put on her sandwich, peanut butter, mustard, pickles, ham, and cheese.
When you eat together you enjoy the family, find out what everyone did that day and children also learn table manners and pick up your values. It's where families can enjoy time together.
A two year old who doesn't want to sit still for more than five minutes can't be expected to sit for half an hour at a dinner table. But by the time they are five, children should be able to sit at the table and start to learn good table manners.
It's sad to say that a lot of kids are coming home and popping a meal into the microwave and then going into their rooms to eat it without ever getting a chance to interact with their parents.
Whether family meals happen every day or occasionally, your family will feel the rewards of spending
more time together. Savor the food and savor the time.
Michelle Macon, Program Coordinator