For many families, going out to eat is a regular occurrence. For others, a rarity. Some may argue dining out is “too expensive” or “unhealthy” but the reality is, it’s entirely possible to eat nutritious meals on a budget at a restaurant.
Valuable Family Time
With everyone on different schedules, it can be tough to find time together at home. Even dinner can be rushed. Eating in a restaurant can help slow things down and take away distractions like the television, pets or even cell phones and tablets. Make it a goal to make electronics off-limits at the table. For smaller children, consider bringing coloring books, cards or a game you can play together as a family. Some restaurants have a selection of games or activities that can be done at your table…just ask your server.
Improves Communication & Builds Vocabulary
The meals you eat at restaurants usually last longer than the ones you have at home which extends family conversation time as well. means conversation time. This can give your child a chance to work on conversation skills and learn new words. Studies indicate that dinner conversation is a more potent vocabulary-booster than reading.
Etiquette & Manners 101
Mealtime, especially when dining out, is an ideal time to teach and reinforce the importance of good manners. Interacting with the waitstaff and being patient while waiting for food and beverages to arrive builds social skills. Don’t forget to include “modern manners”, such as appropriate use of technology. Although having a phone or tablet out at the dinner table is discouraged, your children should be aware that texting, talking on the phone or checking Facebook while the server is attempting to take your order can be inappropriate.
Trying new foods can be a challenge – but it’s good for kids to be given the opportunity. If your child doesn’t want to order anything new, see if he or she will try a bite of your dish. Opportunities like this will help your child learn the importance of keeping an open mind. You can do this at home as well, whenever you cook new things.
Eating out can become another family tradition, whether it’s a small weekly treat or a birthday dinner celebration. You don’t need to splurge on a fancy meal to enjoy the many benefits associated with eating out as a family.
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