Family dinner was a staple in most households back in the 1970s, 1980s and even in the 1990s. But now-a-days it seems that with all the activities that kids are involved in it is hard to find the time to sit down for a family dinner.
Family dinner is still an important party of daily life. Check out our top reasons and make sure you add family dinners back into your daily routine!
3 REASONS FAMILY DINNER IS IMPORTANT
ALLOWS TIME TO CONNECT
Since most families are spending more and more time running between school activities, the rink, music lessons, and soccer practice, both the parents and kids are starved for time with each other. Family dinner time might be the only time parents and children have to connect with each other and discuss the good and bad of their days.
If you are worried about having meaningful conversations with your children, break the ice with conversation starters.
ENCOURAGES HEALTHY EATING
Eating dinner together as a family encourages healthier eating habits. So often, when families are on the go, grabbing food at the rink canteen or through a drive-thru, is the simplest – but definitely not the healthiest. When you cook at home, you have the ability to use healthier ingredients and forgo the fast food.
Eating out meal after meal will put a strain on your wallet. Making the same meal as you would when you eat out, will not only be healthier but will, in the long run, be cheaper and will save you money.
REMEMBER THIS 1 RULE:
Because of our children’s commitments, our family can only have dinner together 3 or 4 evenings a week. While we would love to be able to sit down to family dinner 7 days a week, we know that is not a realistic expectation.
If your family can only sit down together a few days a week, take full advantage and don’t feel guilty! If you can’t make family dinner work, why not try a family breakfast??
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