8 tips about mindful eating with children
One of the best things you can teach your children is to enjoy all aspects of their life in a mindful way. Mindful eating is just another way of saying that you focus on what you're experiencing right now in terms of your meal. These mindfulness lessons can begin by practicing mindful eating with children.
* No Screens at the Table – Don't bring your devices to the table and don't let them bring theirs. More than likely if you simply never do it, they won't even try to do it either. If you set up meals as important and part of the family life together, it'll become a healthy habit that you all stick to and enjoy.
* Turn Off the TV – It doesn't help to turn off the devices if you turn on the television instead. It is nice to enjoy shows with the family, but there is no reason today to turn it on during dinnertime. Today you can record and watch any show later. Keep mealtimes for meals and catching up.
* Turn the Music Down – Having some background music on can set the mood, but keep it low enough that you can enjoy good family time conversation. Give time for each child and adult to tell something about their day.
* Get Everyone to Help Plan and Prepare – When everyone has a part in planning and preparing meals, it makes it a lot easier for the parents to get it going, but also makes it more enjoyable and important to the kids. Even a first grader can set the table...
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