I recently read a study about kids who eat dinner with their parents every night - they are 50% less likely to have sex (or engage in risky behavior) during high school than kids who do not have family meals together every night. I cannot find the study but I recall reading it and the statistics that went along with it. Since I am all for delaying T Rex's first sexual encounter and avoiding drugs, I figure this is an easy step to take starting now.
We started doing family dinners all together when T Rex starting eating solids at 6 months. It can be a challenge when T Rex Dad doesn't get home until 6:30 but a late snack usually gets us there. It's really important for us so we've made dinner times together a priority.
And to make this time more fun, we picked out special dishes. These are all from Target and Savers. I did veto one of his picks - it was a full sized lunch tray like the ones in school cafeterias. He really liked it but it was quite big!
Here's some of our selection:
A compromise - these are mini-trays.
These were on clearance at Target - close enough to a T Rex! ($0.68 for the bowl and $0. 98 for the plate!)
These plates are non-skid so it will help with self feeding. So far he's been good about not dumping the food off his plate. We also thought it was time he started using a fork instead just a spoon.
He's been getting a little frustrated with the spoon - he will finish about half his non-finger food and declare that he wants us to finish feeding it to him. He has always been an eager eater so I can only surmise that he's just so anxious to finish his food that he wants it faster. Have any of you experienced the same with your little ones?
Next we want to get some kid style place mats. Let me know if you a favorite kind you recommend. Otherwise, Target here we come - again!
Happy dinner time to you and your family!