10. Arrange a mealtime environment that's pleasing.
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Where our dinner table sits in our home is important and what we have on the walls around our table will add to our mealtime experience. Our environment can be stimulating, and set a mood that is pleasing to everyone.
There are so many ways to create the kind of culture that enhances a family’s unique story. This can be done even more than candles and music. In creating an environment such as this, consider things that are appealing to all five senses.
You could have a wall area with photos of where you have traveled, or family pictures, or kid’s artwork. Consider creating a colorful wall display with interesting shelves that hold collectibles from places you have been or things of interest. This could include spoons, salt and pepper shakers, tea cups, plates and antiques for conversations about history.
A meaningful dinnertime provides stories, connection, and a sense of belonging. It’s the place and time that everyone feels included, cared for, and celebrated. It provides safety and an escape from a messy world. It’s important to make dinnertime a priority in our families!
What are some things you can do to make dinnertime meaningful?
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