There are many reasons why family dinners should be a must in your home. Even if it’s just a few days a week due to after school activities and work schedules, be sure to make time for it at least three times per week if you can.
We eat family dinners every night together. I know a lot of families don’t have that opportunity so when you do get to sit down and enjoy a meal together as a family it’s very rewarding, probably more than some realize! Read about some of the wonderful benefits of family dinners below.
Feel More Connected to Each Other
Families that eat together often times feel more connected with each other. They are open to talking with one another more about everything from daily activities to things that aren’t going so well and are less likely to fight and yell. Feeling connected is something that many families are losing out on due to eating dinner on the go, or sitting in front of a television not talking. Use dinner time to talk about things and make good connections with your children to better your relationships. (Even if you already have a good relationship with them, this is great bonding time.)
Everyone Eats Healthier
There are many studies that prove when families eat together there is less risk of obesity and they are eating healthier than they would otherwise. Eating together means that the food will need to be prepared, of course some nights may be different, and that means that you will make more conscious choices with what you are eating. Cooking the food can also be wonderful bonding time with your children. Teaching them how to cook is also a good life skill to have when they are out on their own so that they can make good food choices as well without you telling them what to eat.
To Have a set Schedule
Especially if you have younger children, a set schedule is something that will benefit everyone. Once on a schedule you will notice that you get hungry at the same time every day. This is the same for children. Eating together as a family at the same time will aid in everyone being on the same schedule so that everyone is hungry at the same time. This will often times take away the issue where one child is hungry and the other is not, meaning you’ll need to make something else in an hour when they are finally hungry.
How many nights a week do you sit down for family dinners?