As part of our continuing pursuit in finding that elusive balance, I wanted to touch on the importance of family dinners. The good news is that research shows that adolescents and parents perceive family meals positively. It looks as though family meals could be a useful mechanism for enhancing family togetherness. They’re also good platforms for parents to model behaviors that they would like their children to emulate.
For younger kids, the benefits are further motivating… Wouldn’t we all love to enjoy our kids again, instilling in them more grace and courtesy as we prepare them for the privilege of an enjoyable dinner at a restaurant? (Getting them to eat more fresh more fruits and vegetables would be nice too.)
Read on for some tips for creating that vital ritual of family dinner:
- Set a regular dinnertime.
- Take on fewer activities if these are getting the way of family dinner.
- Prepare (or pick up pre-made) food to eat together at home.
- Include children in setting the table (a toddler placemat can empower littles to set the table).
- Turn off the TV and music and remove technology/phones/tablets from the table.
- Light a candle and/or dim the lights.
- Say a prayer or express gratitude for your time together and for the food.
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