I normally dread mealtime with the kids. I just feel like I'm running around the kitchen the whole time and by the time I sit down the kids need something else or I've forgotten something. So, I've been really motivated to make this week pleasant for everyone and I think I've found some ideas that helps in a HUGE way!
First, let them participate and help in the preparation. Lunch was awesome. I stood in one place and the kids took turns getting the things for lunch out of the pantry and refrigerator. They loved it! First they each picked out a plate. Then, Zeke got the peanut butter, Areyna the cheese, Zeke the carrots, Areyna the pretzels, etc. I just delegated. They even went to the recycling bin several times together throughout the day by themselves=)
Another idea I had while searching for simple, healthy meals that the kids can help me make for dinner I came across some ideas for Themed dinners. So, I made my weekly menu according to our theme for the night.
Tonight's theme was Morning Time. I kept it simple tonight because it's Sunday night, but just added a little twist. We all got dressed in our jammies and pretended like we just woke up. We shut the curtains to make it kind of dark in the kitchen and had breakfast for dinner. The kids weren't sure what to think about it at first but by the end of dinner we were pretending too. They even started asking what we were going to do tomorrow. I'm gonna surprise them every night with a new theme.
Come back tomorrow to see what we have in store for our Monday Night Dinner Theme=)