Involving Kids in Taking a Meal
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Posted By: Maureen Witmer, Director of Outreach, TakeThemAMeal.com on Jan 26, 2016

Involving Kids in Taking a Meal
 

Taking a meal to someone when you have little ones at home can feel like a daunting task. I have a 6, 4 and 1 year old and sometimes the thought of adding one more thing to our day feels overwhelming. But I know involving my kids in the process of taking someone a meal, even in the smallest way, can be enriching for everyone. Here are some suggestions on how to change this challenge into a rewarding opportunity.

  1. Talk to your kids or grandkids about what you're doing and why. Simply having a conversation about why you're taking a meal can really open a child's eyes and help them to be more sympathetic to the needs of others. If it's a happy situation (like a new baby) rejoice together in the joy of new life. If it's a hard situation, use your discretion to give them an honest account of what's going on in your friend's life. It may open up some doors to talk about pain and sadness and how we all deal with these universal emotions.
  2. Meal plan together. Let your kids or grandkids tell you about dishes and/or desserts that they enjoy and come up with a plan together. This is especially valuable if the person you're taking a meal to has children, as your kids may recommend more child-friendly meals than you would have come up with on your own. This simple activity will help your kids feel more invested in the process.
  3. Cook with your kids. I live right next to a university and we often have college students over for dinner. It always amazes me how many of them have had no experience with even basic tasks in the kitchen. You can start kids young by having them do easy jobs such as washing fruits and vegetables, peeling, rolling, mashing, whisking, measuring and pouring ingredients. One tested and approved recipe from our recipe page that lends itself well to child involvement are these Vegetable Calzones. Kids can peel and spread the veggies, sprinkle on the cheese, and roll and fold over the dough. Baking cookies is another easy way to involve little hands. It will certainly take more time but it's worth it.
  4. Deliver the meal together. If the situation allows, bring your children along when you take your meal. Again, it will take more effort but this will speak volumes to them about how to tangibly care for others.

So the next time you are taking a meal to someone look for ways to involve your children or grandchildren. In the end, you'll be glad you did.


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