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What attitude should parents have during a family meal


Dinner has become the time of day when the family gathers around a table. There are families who enjoy this joint meal, although this is not always the case. If your child does not have a good time in front of the plate, he can “explode the bomb”.

On our site we provide you with several advice regarding the attitude to maintain, and that make up what psychologists call "conversational dynamics."

1- At the table, ideally the central topic of the conversation is not the food itself. I explain. Parents of bad eaters tend to say phrases like: "We are always the same, you never want to try anything, this is torture." Therefore, we encourage you to divert the central focus from food. Ask your children how their day has gone, talk about curious things, tell them what you have done today at work, make them participate in vacation plans, etc. Something other than talking about food.

2- Don't let your mobile, tablet, TV or computer distract you. It is your moment, not that of electronics. Turn off all devices, or make a pact with yourself not to consult them during "your time."

3- Don't be in a hurry. Let dinner last at least 20-30 minutes. Patience bears good fruit.

4- Smile often. Many times, the smile is our best weapon. The pleasant environment moves mountains; the stressful environment generates them.

5- Reason with your child. Tell him what specific advantages the food brings against which he is reluctant. For example: “Try the avocado. It has good fat and antioxidant substances: thanks to them, your heart will work better ”.

6- Give positive reinforcement. Parents often position ourselves in a pessimistic mood, and we are wrong. It is much more helpful to praise those times when the child has shown a good attitude. For example, when you do not squeal when eating, when you are sitting politely, when you agree to try a dish that you do not like very much, when you try a different food, etc.

7- Neither dessert nor toys have to be bargaining chips. How would you not like to be blackmailed at work? Well, don't do it at home. That is, do not use phrases like: "If you don't eat the fish, you run out of cake"; "If you don't finish the broccoli, I'll take the remote control car from you."

8- You better negotiate. We all have our taste preferences. You, mom or dad, too. When it comes time to eat something that your child doesn't like, agree to negotiate the quantity of what to eat, not the quality. That is, do not substitute one dish for another (that's a fanciful generating mechanism), but agree with it an intermediate amount that will satisfy both of you. And, yes, accept the agreement.

9- Do not scream. Remember that your child looks at you. If you yell when you get nervous, he will too. The neutral, calm, calm attitude is much more advantageous.

10- Recognize that you are not perfect, and ask your children for forgiveness when you make mistakes. Even if you try to comply with all these recommendations, sometimes you will yell, you will get seriously angry with them, you will tell them that “it is a martyrdom to dine with them”, you will threaten to take away their favorite doll or that strawberry yogurt that you always buy them because you know that they passionate. Do not worry. Nerves are treacherous, and they move you to say things that you do not feel, or that you will not comply with. Your children will always know how to excuse you.

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Video: Discussing Family Dinnertime on The View from the Bay. (December 2021).