interactive family meals draw kids to the dinner table | a chapter in my story

Gathering around the dinner table is something my husband and I became very intentional about several years ago. It allows us to stay connected to our teen boys and is a built-in “pause” in an otherwise hectic schedule.  Keeping the kids enthused about it was another thing.

autumn cheese fondue // © Tina Vega Photography

I wanted to our kids to look forward to our time around the dinner table, not merely tolerate it.  Over time we stumbled upon the perfect solution => the interactive family meal.

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Interactive family meals not only draw the kids to the table, they turn mealtime into an activity that encourages engagement.

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Interactive family meals appeal to kids of all ages.

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And provides the perfect environment for creating lasting memories.

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We sprinkle them into our daily dinner routine about once every 2-3 weeks.  Some of our favorite interactive family meal ideas include:

  • meat or cheese fondue (click HERE to find a great cookbook full of creative recipes)
  • taco or nacho bar
  • build-your-own pizza
  • baked potato bar
  • build-your-own sandwich
  • build-your-own sundae
  • dessert fondue

Do you have any favorite mealtime traditions in your home?  If so, please share!

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