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How to Have a Memorable Dinner with the Entire Family

If your family isn’t having meals together each day, then you are missing out on valuable bonding time. In the past, families had one or more meals together on a daily basis, but today, children may eat their breakfast or lunch at school, and everyone might microwave a meal to eat for dinner while watching television. However, you can have a memorable meal with your family at any time or for a special occasion such as a birthday. Here are some ways to have a great meal with your family.

Shop for Groceries and Cook a Meal Together

Don’t wait until your children are ready for college to teach them how to shop for groceries along with cooking a meal. Sit down with your children and spouse to create a meal menu before preparing a grocery-shopping list. An entire family can shop for the groceries for a homemade meal. This a great way for children to learn about shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to understanding how to weigh items. After arriving home, the entire family should become involved in the food preparation and cooking along with setting the table.

Make Reservations at a Mexican Restaurant

If you want to have a fun time with your family, then make reservations at a Mexican restaurant. Many Mexican restaurants are owned and managed by families who want other families to have an excellent meal and experience while dining. In addition to a wide selection of delicious foods, Mexican restaurants have great ambience, and some may have entertainment such as music or dancing.

Have a Family Reunion with a Pitch in Meal

Summer is the perfect time to have a family reunion with a pitch in meal. You can have a family reunion at a local park, or you can use someone’s larger home. To make things easier for everyone, have a pitch in meal so that no one has to do all of the cooking. Have tables ready for holding the containers of food that everyone brings to the family reunion, and also, have additional tables along with chairs where people can sit to eat while they talk to each other.

Have Teenagers Cook for Their Parents

When you are a parent who is doing all of the cooking in the family, it is time for your teenagers to cook for you. Not only should they buy the food and prepare it, but also, the teenagers are responsible for serving the meal to their parents and cleaning up the mess afterward. Having your teenagers cooking and cleaning up will teach them a new appreciation for all of the work that their parents do each day.

If you are cooking the same types of meals each week, then it is time to look for some new recipes. You can find cookbooks at public libraries and local bookstores, or you can find recipes at online websites.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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Thank you to our partners at Aspen Grove Shopping Center. Give a gift and receive a gift - we appreciate your support!Donate gift cards from any Aspen Grove retailer today and tomorrow from noon to 4 PM and it will be given to local families in need by Integrated Family Community Services. Receive a limited-edition Aspen Grove ornament with the donation of a gift card from an Aspen Grove retailer valued at $10 or more. Non-perishable food items and hygiene products are also accepted. Drop off your donations at our Holiday Station near Gigi's Cupcakes. ... See MoreSee Less

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**Parents seeking gifts for their children age infant through 17.

Dates & Times -

** Thursday, Dec. 13, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for those living within western Arapahoe or Northern Douglas counties. Areas include Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County.

**Friday, Dec. 14, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for anyone in Colorado

What’s Needed -

**Interested parents will complete a registration form in our office. The following documents are also needed - Parent ID, Child ID (birth certificate, Social Security Card, or school ID), and Proof of Address

What to Expect -

- We will not be able to honor requests for clothing or specific toys.
- We have very few items for teenagers.
- If we run out of toys, we run out of toys.
- Unfortunately, those seeking gifts can receive no other services that session.

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