Eating breakfast together strengthens the family and helps child development

wake-up-to-nutellaEating breakfast together as a family? You’ve got to be kidding, right?

Some mornings, it’s enough worry to even get the children and adults out of the house with the right kit in time for school and work.

Yet new research confirms that families who find time to eat breakfast together are not only strengthened as a unit, but their kids could well do better in school and be more emotionally stable and socially developed.

We’ve already reported on how important it is for families to eat together but this usually focuses on the evening meal.

How can you make breakfast a shared, and stress-free, experience?

Nutella, who sponsored the survey, offers child psychologist Laverne Antrobus’ five tips for a great family breakfast:

  1. It’s all in the preparation: Get the children involved, help them to lay the table or, if old enough, make the toast and pour out drinks
  2. Variety is key: Allowing more choice, and giving children foods they like, will minimise disagreements and maintain focus on spending quality time together. Also try to give them something that sets them up for the morning ahead so a low sugar cereal on one day and then on another wholegrain toast with a hazelnut based spread like nutella.
  3. Give yourself a goal: Set targets that are realistic and can be achieved; think about how many times a week eating together is possible given everyone’s schedule
  4. Don’t get distracted: Even if you can’t sit down all together every time avoid the daily distractions and noise of the TV & radio, it will allow you to focus on the conversation you are having
  5. Eyes and ears: Listen to what they are saying, ask open-ended questions and give them the opportunity to use this time to find out what’s on their mind.

More advice? Visit the Wake Up To Nutella web site.

Do you have any tips for a great family breakfast? Leave a comment below.