Dinner time can be a source of struggles for families, with kids refusing to eat what they’re served or not wanting to put their phones down while they’re at the table. Frustrated parents may feel like giving up and letting their kids do things their way and a new survey reveals what that would be like. A poll of 1,000 six to 16-year-olds commissioned by Italian appliances brand Smeg tells us what they really think of mealtimes and what they think the rules should be.As far as these kiddos are concerned:
- Moms should be doing the cooking, with nearly half (47%) saying they prefer mom’s meal choices and only 16% voting for dad’s.
- Moms get the vote for most creative in the kitchen and they’re more likely to let the kids help prepare the meals.
- And if kids had it their way, they’d eat at 5:48pm every day and they’d get to choose how much food goes on their plate. When it comes to their food choices, the top three meals kids would pick for dinner are no surprise - pizza, burgers and chicken nuggets and fries.
One thing the kids in the survey really want? More TV time while eating. Almost half (48%) say they would love to see a TV on the kitchen wall, way more than the 15% who voted for a ball pit in the kitchen.The kids also weighed in on what they feel the top 10 rules for dinner time should be:
- Can leave the table when you’re finished and not have to wait for everyone else to finish
- Eat dinner in front of the TV
- Choose how much food goes on your plate
- Have whatever you want to drink
- Can eat in your pajamas
- Everyone chose what they want to eat
- Music is allowed to be played
- Don’t have to finish your meal before you can have dessert
- Phones allowed at the table
- Eat with your fingers