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  • 10 Practical Ways You Can Improve Your Family Dinners
    March 2, 2022 Danielle Barrett

    10 Practical Ways You Can Improve Your Family Dinners

    Let’s face it, our lives are so busy sometimes just getting dinner onto the table can be considered a win, other times you spend extra time preparing and cooking a delicious family meal, and then….....it doesn’t quite go to plan.

    The teenager won’t come out of their room, the toddler won’t even look at the meal you made, someone is running late for dinner, one-word answers to every question you ask and all you really want is to connect, laugh and share with your family for 20 minutes! ……Sound familiar?

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  • How To Entice Your TEEN To WANT To Eat Dinners With You
    October 13, 2021 Danielle Barrett

    How To Entice Your TEEN To WANT To Eat Dinners With You

    If you’re finding mealtimes unrewarding with your teen or having glimpses of teen-like behaviour from your tween, my advice is to persist past the eye rolls, one-word answers and grunts because there is a long list of benefits associated to family mealtimes. Proven benefits such as increased self-esteem and resilience, as well as lower rates of teen pregnancy, substance abuse and eating disorders, just to name a few that are evidenced by teens that regularly connect over dinner with their families. Listed below are 10 ideas that will help to entice family mealtimes with teens:

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  • smoothie for dinner
    May 26, 2021 Danielle Barrett

    Managing Mealtimes with Tired Kids (& Parents)

    When my children were little I worked part-time and so 3 days a week they happily went off to day-care. Not surprisingly, on those days dinner time were very challenging as the kids were thoroughly exhausted. Early mornings, lots of stimulation, engaging play, learning new things plus late pickups, meant that by the time I was there to collect them, they were tired, grisly and needed to go to bed. Between the kids and bed, however, was bath-time and the dreaded family dinner.
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  • Mum I'm Bored!
    December 30, 2020 Danielle Barrett

    Mum I'm Bored!

    I thought I would share with everyone my mum hack that helps to manage your child's time when they are struggling to entertain themselves. Plus, it provides you with some structure so that you don’t get the mum (or parent) guilts because you aren’t physically able to entertain them 24/7 for the next 5 weeks.

    It just takes 2 dice, and two pieces of paper...

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