The food that we share
As my son has gotten older, I’ve tried to give him more opportunities to serve himself food. This is for a couple of reasons. One is so that he learns more about portions and has a better idea of how much food to take without wasting any. Another reason is so that he understands that it is not my job to serve him food. But, I read an article the other day that gives my list another reason: It makes him a better negotiator.
This might be why I still like get popcorn at the movies: Popcorn is yummy and easily sharable. Eating it brings people closer together.
And whenever I spend time with my coworkers at a restaurant, I notice that we almost always get an appetizer or other plate of food to share. We encourage each other to take more; nobody wants to be the one to take the last bite of something. I think this is another way we promote closeness within the team – albeit a subconscious one.
I will continue to encourage my son to serve himself food, and to share plates of food with us – including movie night popcorn. Even if it doesn’t end up helping his communication skills, I think it keeps us connected.
Do you serve your family meals or prefer for everyone to serve themselves? Tell me in the comments.