FOOD is an integral part of our social existence.
It is an expression of love, friendship and social acceptance. It is also a source of nourishment.
“A family that eats together, stays together”.
In this fast-paced world, enjoying a meal together as a family is becoming hard. Studies suggest that children of families that eat together are less likely to suffer from anxiety and more likely to enjoy boosted self-esteem.
A great family time can:
- Make a child feel secure.
- Boost the child’s academic grades.
- Increase the child’s self-confidence and self esteem.
- Promote happiness and joy.
It is important a child eats healthy food at regular intervals of time.
Home cooked food is the best! Children should eat a balanced diet of adequate quantity.
Food should be visually appealing and a pleasure to eat.
As a parent you can:
Involve children in the kitchen to encourage family time.
Weekends can be made exciting by planning a family time in the kitchen. Children can help in peeling the vegetables, arranging the salads, setting the table, arranging salads and serving. Every family meal should be an occasion that children look forward to.
It has been scientifically proven that the Indian tradition of sitting on the floor and eating aids in better digestion. The posture of sitting on the floor is also equated to the yoga posture ‘Padmasana’ which facilitates a relaxed mind and body. Eating while sitting in this posture contributes to the overall wellness.