At Home With Lorraine Kelly 2017 - 270
▲ FA M I L Y L I F
him a goodnight kiss, only for him to
demand another kiss, then another
and another. It's important to
cherish such sweet moments when
they unexpectedly come along.
Perhaps surprisingly, the study
found using convenience foods for
dinner doesn't actually save you
cooking time. 'All the families spent
roughly one hour preparing dinner,
whether they used processed foods
or fresh ingredients,' says researcher,
Margaret Beck, whose study focus
was food preparation.
The mums who prepared more
convenience foods tended to
overcompensate by having more
courses - either side dishes or
separate meals for the kids - which
wasted time. And if you want your
children to eat what's on the table,
take note of this: 'The kids who
helped in the food preparation
always ate what was served,' says
Margaret. 'And the mood in the
house was lighter and happier.'
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OF 'ME TIME'
Findings suggested that when
wo en unwound a one or ve
or 10 minutes, it set a positive
tone for the rest of the night. 'Mums
reported unwinding by exercising,
gardening, or having a candy bar
BUYING FRESH, RAW
INGREDIENTS IS NOT
KIDS TO HELP
- not that I recommend that
last approach!' says Shu-wen.
WATCH TV AS
A FAMILY OR
Next time the family is gathered to
watch a good
don t ee gui ty
that they're looking at a screen yet
again. 'Families who watched TV
together showed many bonding
behaviours,' says Belinda.
'Bonding can be anything from
sharing snacks high- ving each other
if your sports team scores or guessing
those tricky trivia questions together.'
And when it comes to playing
games together, why wait until
Whether it's battling it out to
see who's the champion in various
boardgames or joining in makebelieve play thought up by your
youngsters, playtime can encourage
bonding. Toy specialist Playmobil
(playmobil.co.uk) says: 'The unique
playing principle stimulates
imagination and creativity and thus
promotes child development.'
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