The chill in the air makes for great indoor dining. Now that the lighter fare from the summer is a thing of the past, it's fun to break out some meals that will warm you, even if just in spirit!
What better time than family time to teach your kids the importance of good manners. Table manners are especially important, considering we eat three meals a day! Consider the following manners rule to practice with your kids at the dinner table:
Help encourage your kids to keep their negative opinions about food being served at a meal to themselves. This is important whether they are eating at home or as a guest at someone else's house. Whoever prepared the food took time, effort and spent money on the meal. Be sure you encourage your kids to express their appreciation, even if they don't enjoy the food. They can practice at home!
Don't forget to encourage your kids to try a bit of all the food being served, even if they think they don't like it. They might surprise themselves!
This Sunday dinner recipe, courtesy of Real Simple, is perfect for this time of year thanks to the addition of sweet potatoes, now in full swing as a seasonal vegetable. Not only are sweet potatoes good for you and low in fat, they taste great, too! The sweetness of the veggies in this dish pairs well with the spicy glaze for the pork. Your family will be fired up!
Serves 4 people
Whether or not your kids think they don't like what you're making for dinner, encourage them to try a bit of it before they make up their minds. Teach them to do the same when dining at someone else's home, as a way to show appreciation for the effort made by the host.
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