Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet one in six kids in the UK do not eat breakfast. I have two very different kids in this house, Maxi will not leave the house without breakfast and Mini would skip it given the chance. So we jumped at the chance to become representatives for Weetabix and help promote their Weetabuddies campaign and have a go at creating our own Weetabuddy. Weetabix have created the ‘Weetabuddies’ to encourage families to get creative at breakfast whilst having a healthy start to the day. So what is a Weetabuddy? They are a range of characters to make breakfast a little more fun! You can meet all more »
However, I really encourage chatting and communication. When the boys were younger we had a news style roundup from each of us, where we “reported” our news and events from the day, which included what was had for dinner, what we have done, places we have been and also anything we needed to remember. MadDad and I did this as well as the boys. I would ask open ended questions about their day and encourage them to remember as much about it as they could. Food can always be warmed up.
Other ways to encourage conversation at the dinner table include:
Use story cubes
Ask questions such as What was the best part of your day?
My boys love hearing about when they were younger or other family members, so have conversations about how you chose their name or how you and your partner met.
Try finding foods all of a certain colour or starting with a certain letter.
My boys study a different topic each half term and we find out what it is and use that. For example recently the boys have been learning about Australia and Africa and we have been discussing our visit to South Africa and Captain James Cook who was from our area. The school provides us with the topic list each term and we make sure we research it, so we have something to discuss with them.
Why not let your children interview you and you them.
I read somewhere and for the life of me I can not remember where something about parents who’s children eat everything shouldn’t be smug. Why? Why can I let people know about the crap sides of my life, but not the good things? I am a proud mum and yes I am somewhat smug, my children are good eaters. Is it down to me, yes it probably is. I am happy to say that out loud. My boys eat mostly everything I put in front of them nowadays, yes the do have foods they don’t like, but they are both happy to try new foods and are not in the slightest more »