Do as the Italians do: Eat as a family

A travel writer analyzes why separate meals for parents and kids is a bad idea.

This article, written by , appears on The Telegraph.

Trust the Italians: why separate meals for kids and adults are a bad idea

Food for Italians isn’t a trend; it’s a way of life.  Italians live to eat, and the importance of food in family life is absolutely paramount and ingrained in everyday routines.

In Italy, kids are encouraged to be part of every social occasion that revolves around food – it’s not about dividing the children from the adults, giving them separate meals or putting them to bed early. The kids are part of the social activity of everyday life and they are encouraged to eat, smell, touch and experience new tastes, day in, day out.

In Britain, by contrast, my sister and I often see children eating separate meals from their parents.

Letting your child experience food like an Italian will develop not just their palate but also their social skills, manners, teaching them new and mature ways to interact. Read more at The Telegraph…

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