Living in Minnesota I love the change of seasons? Mind, body and soul come to expect the slow change from one season to the next. When this change is accelerated or delayed a feeling of unrest settles in around us. I love each season for different reasons.
Summer being my absolute hands down favorite the sun and the tan makes me feel so alive. The ability to wear simple cool clothes along with flip flops gives our skin a sense of freedom.
When summer slowly ends and fall begin we crave the cool air and lighting the fire place. Our skin that once felt freedom now needs to rest behind comfy sweaters preparing itself for the layers upon layers we are forced to ware in the dark season.
Winter the season of rest, quite and beauty outside but inside is a different story. It’s the season of Holiday’s and entertaining with rich robust foods and red wine it must be red in the winter. Winter is the very best season for cooking and eating fabulously rich food.
Slowly again the snow starts to melt and the green creeps back and the sun grow hot and spring arrives with rain, flowers, and a new sense of adventure. We open our windows to welcome spring back. Windows open we begin to strip down our clothing until one day we wake up and our flip flops are back on our feet and with the freedom to feel the sun on our skin. SUMMER IS BACK!
Dinner topic of the day for kids: What is your favorite season winter, spring, summer or fall? Why?
Dinner topic of the day for Adults: What is your favorite season? What is your favorite season for cooking with fresh produce or for fashion? Are they different?
Dinner Topic of the day for Teens: What is your favorite season? What is your favorite season for sports or fashion? Are they different?
If you are not a eating at the dinner table type of a family than use car time to talk. Talk talk and talk some more! Talking actually creating conversation at the dinner table is becoming a thing of the past. Talking with you children each time you sit down for dinner teaches them that talking to Mom or Dad is easy and fun. This dinner talk with children will grow and you will teach them how to communicate or confide in adults so when they have a question or problem they naturally can talk about it. For adults it makes life more interesting, it builds a relationship and it’s fun. Sitting down, as a family, to have dinner together is a thing of the past.
In fact, according to a survey by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, the number of U.S. families who do eat dinner together is actually on the rise. Families who eat together have better overall nutrition. The kids get better grades in school and are less likely to take drugs, smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol than those from families who rarely eat dinner together. But perhaps the biggest benefit of eating family dinners is that parents are fully engaged with their kids. Not sure how to get your kids to open up? Use Eat Create Design’s daily dinner topic to get things started.