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Asset #32: Planning and Decision Making

Young people who learn to make good decision and plan ahead do better in school, are less likely to engage in drinking, smoking, or using other drugs, and are better able to accomplish more of what they want. A great way to do this at home is to allow youth to think through and plan weekly activities or menus.

Not sure what to do? Here are some links to some great activities that you can do as a family or some ways to start the conversation flowing. We’ve added some activities and conversation starters below to help you get started!

Conversation Starters

A growing movement of food, fun and conversation about things that matter

Let’s get this conversation started!
A great way to spend time as a family is by talking with each other. Below are some statements or questions that can help guide conversation during mealtimes. Use two or three each meal, or create your own. Be sure to include everyone and encourage everyone to participate.

  • Talk about something you enjoy doing with your family.
  • Tell about a time when you really had fun with your family.
  • Complete this statement. The best day of the past week was:
  • Share something you have always wanted to try but never have.
  • Tell a joke you think will make other family members laugh.
  • Talk about a special gift that you remember.
  • Talk about something beautiful this week.
  • Tell about a family tradition that you enjoy.
  • What is a new family tradition you would like the family to add?
  • Tell about someone who encourages you.
  • What I like best about my family is...
  • Who is someone you really respect? Why do you respect this person?
  • How do you feel about your name?
  • What is your favourite time of the day?
  • What is your favourite beverage?
  • What is one food you dislike and one food you like?
  • What is your favourite fruit or vegetable?
  • What kind of food do you think would describe you and why?
  • Describe the “greatest” dessert in the world.
  • What kinds of foods do you like to eat best for breakfast (or lunch or dinner or when we go to a restaurant)?

    Family Activity

    Seasonal Activities

    There are also some seasonal activities to teach children about food, where it comes from and contribute to it getting to the table.

    • Gardening season – help pick ingredients for dinner!  (Activity – talking about where food comes from.)
    • Spring-Fall – go fishing and catch dinner!
    Try out a Bubble Snake.

    <p>All you need is an empty water bottle from your recycling, duct tape or a rubber band, a sock, dish soap and some food colouring. Start by cutting the bottom of the water bottle off. Next slide the sock over the bottom of the bottle. Use duct tape or a rubber band to secure the sock. Pour some dish soap and food colouring into a shallow container with a little bit of water and mix. Dip the sock covered bubble blower into the solution and gently blow.</p>

    Make Moon Sand!
    • 8 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup baby oil
    1. PUT all ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
    2. COMBINE the baby oil and flour well by using a dough blender. It takes about 10 minutes to get everything completely blended.
    3. PUT the mixture in a large container and play freely with it. You can put measuring cups, spoons, straws and other items into the bin for an even more sensory experience.
    Create a menu together

    Create a menu together at the beginning of the week!

    • Attached is a weekly menu you can print out. (regular or ledger size) which can be printed out and placed in a photo frame to reuse by writing with dry erase pens or can print multiple, so there’s a fresh one each week – can re-use past weeks or just draw from past weeks for inspiration
    • Meal planning saves money by coordinating groceries/ingredients for meals during the week, and having a plan which reduces takeout/hungry shopping while rushed
    • The whole family can help and feel included in the meal planning process
    • Jobs can be assigned on the menu
    • The family can help with shopping, or it can be made into a family activity
    • Family days can be planned by looking at everyone’s schedules in advance while making the week’s menu

    Family Activity Links

    Activity Book full of fun ideas and recipes

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