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Should New Parents Alter Dinner Routines?

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Dr. Kenney explains why couples with a new baby should not alter their meal-time routine, but simply add their child into the mix.

Dr. Kenney:
So for those couples who have terrific dinner routines and then a little one comes along, we have really got to encourage them not to get off track. So this is what that means – most couples, when they have their baby, become very child-centered and that means that their dinner routine changes, and I always suggest the exact opposite.

You come to the dinner table just as you have before. You talk about the high points and the low points of your day with your husband or wife, just like you did before. You feed the baby at the table just like they are part of the family and guess what, you pull that child into your routine and you maintain the routine over time, and that’s beneficial for all of you.

About Dr. Lynne Kenney, Psy.D.:
Lynne Kenney, Psy.D., is a mother of two, a practicing pediatric psychologist in Scottsdale, AZ, and the author of The Family Coach Method (St Lynn’s Press, Sept 2009). She has advanced fellowship training in forensic psychology and developmental pediatric psychology from Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Harbor-UCLA/UCLA Medical School. Dr. Kenney is currently a featured expert for Momtastic.com and Parentsask.com.

Visit Dr. Lynne Kenney at her Website

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