Everyone is busy. You run to work, transport your kids to their activities and practices and rush to your meetings. Grabbing five minutes to eat your meals is challenging, let alone finding time for the entire family to sit down together.
Eating together for children and families is something worth prioritizing. Spending time with each other provides multiple advantages for you and your children. You can gain a lot from family mealtime, and you can find ways to do it.
The Benefits of Family Dinners
Why should you build time into your schedule for family dinners? You enjoy many advantages when eating as a family, including:
- Dedicated quality time: When you eat together, everyone slows down and gives their full attention to the conversation.
- Stronger family ties: You can listen to what happened during each others’ days and learn more about each person.
- Better relationships: Staying up-to-date on what’s happening in one another’s lives encourages you to ask questions and feel more involved with each other.
- More learning opportunities: Family meals allow parents to model essential behaviors, such as spending time together. They can also set an example for their children by eating healthy food and demonstrating polite table manners.
- Teachable cooking moments: Children can help with cooking, learn how to plan balanced meals and cooperate in the kitchen.
The central importance of family meals together is reminding your children that they are your top priority, regardless of your busy schedule.
Tips for Eating Together
It can be challenging to find time together, so you will need to plan for it. Remember that you don’t have to make dinner your family mealtime. You can also eat lunch or breakfast together. What you eat is less important than who you eat with, so take whatever time you can get.
Beginning with small steps can help settle you into the routine. Try eating one meal each week together to start, then build to two or three. Focus on progress and connecting with your family rather than worrying whether the meal is perfect or setting the table.
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Supportive families offer many mental health benefits, and becoming closer can help you all realize them. If you want to find additional ways to bring your family together, speak with a therapist about family or individual counseling.