Winter is drawing to a close and spring is on our doorsteps!
Over the winter season, we all like to keep warm in front of the coal fire, or even just comfortably sitting on the sofa while we eat our meals, but now that Spring is coming, we all want to encourage our families to eat our meals at the dining room table.
Prying your husbands eyes away from match of the day or your children’s eyes away from their Laptops can be difficult at the best of times and in winter we tend to be more relaxed about our eating habits. Now that Spring is right around the corner, we’re thinking of ways to encourage our families back into the dining room where we can spend some quality – laptop and television free – family time. Bliss!
The first thing to do is make sure the room is warm – with the sunshine finally starting to make an appearance, make sure there’s nothing blocking the window to allow those sun rays into the room and naturally heat it. A warm room will mean you won’t hear anymore ‘but mum it’s cold in there!’ excuses. (insert evil grin here!)
Make sure not to use fancy dishes! This might sound silly, but people hate a fuss which is why when we see fancy plates and cutlery we start to feel anxious and under pressure. It makes dinnertime feel way too formal which is why some people prefer to have their meals in front of the television where there is no pressure. Use your usual dishes and you will find your family more eager to sit at the table.
Play the radio in the background. Play a radio station that you all like quietly in the background and this takes the awkwardness away from any ‘silent’ moments (when kids are around is there ever a quiet moment?). Invariably your family will chit chatter to each other at the table about their day but sometimes the pressure of making conversation can be off putting and so by playing some music in the background, takes the pressure off slightly.
Give them an incentive. Let your family know that if they have their main meal at the dining room table, they can have supper in front of the television – for example a biscuit or a yoghurt. Sneaky right?
So with all of our top tips for making your dining room family friendly, your loved ones will be gathered round the table instead of the television in no time!
Do you have any tips to making your dining room family friendly? Comment below and let us know.