Sharing by Don R
The Family Meals Project motto is “Plan, Prepare, Share.” Planning and preparing meals is simple enough until you try to improve their nutritional value or cut costs. Sharing, however, is complex because it exposes our values. What can be gained by sharing? Read more to find out what and how.
We are constantly bombarded with extremes: winner-loser; hot-cold; Yin-yang; give-take; good-bad and finally sharing-hoarding to name a few. Teachers know that when we say “good job” the child subconsciously thinks that next time it may be “bad job’ so teachers avoid extreme praises.
Likewise, I prefer to avoid extremes and think of “sharing dinner” as coming together to exchange food or sit down to eat while exchanging ideas or opinions in respectful conversation. There is no score to be kept, each shares what they can. So how can we share and what is shared?
- Family members can gather weekly or monthly to share ideas for planning meals.
- Everyone can share responsibility for shopping, prepping, cooking, and cleaning up.
- During dinner, all are encouraged to share in the conversation or activity.
- Several families can come together to share meals.
- Planned-overs can be packaged and shared with friends or relatives during emergencies.
- And finally everyone is invited to share ideas and recipes on our forum.
Sharing entails more than just exchanging food. By respectfully sharing ideas at the table, our children learn valuable social skills.