For the past few months I have changed the way we dine.
I used to serve up all our dinner at the kitchen and everyone would receive their plate with their allocted food on it.
I've changed things up and realised that my old way of serving dinner was just not conducive to a happy meal time.
Now....all the parts of the meal are lovingly placed into the centre of the table. One or both the children share in setting the table, putting out the empty plates, the old jar with our cutlery, handmade napkins and condiments.
I am adjusting the way I cook too. Smaller quantities but more variety...always some vegetables or a salad or even both. Some fresh bread may be added to a meal, or day old bread turned into bruschetta in the oven. Leftovers are added to the table to for someone to polish off or are even creatively turned into something else.
Now my family are in charge of what they add on their plate. Encouraged to try but not forced. They determine if they want more. There is an exchange of plates...as we all help ourselves or help each other.
The change has made for real family affair. Dinner is an event where we are all together, as a family. We come together to nurture our bodies to discuss our day and relish the time spent together.
How do you do your family meals?