With our hectic lifestyles it’s often difficult to get all the family to sit down to dinner together. But it is worth the effort because the communication that occurs over the course of eating a meal together can lead to greater understanding between grandparents, parents and children. Often times children want to quickly eat then run off to another activity. Here’s some ideas that may make your grandchildren and children want to stay around longer. Create a “family fun dinner”. Each person picks one utensil that another family member will eat their entire dinner with. Using a spoon to eat spaghetti or a knife to eat jello will bring a lot of laughter.
You can throw a blanket or sheet over the table and pretend you’re eating in a tent. I do this with my grandkids when they are with me during meal time. I usually end up with half my body under the tent and my legs hanging out.
Have pancake night and let each person design a pancake based on something they like. Then see if you can guess what each family members shape represents.
I’m sure your grandkids will come up with some interesting ideas of their own too.