Eating together as a family is a rare thing these days. Parents are always busy and kids have their own plans. Every family member eats their breakfast and dinner whenever they can or want without waiting for the rest. And, it’s not only our problem, parents are always busy and kids have their own plans. But, every single day every family member eats their breakfast and dinner no matter how busy life we are living because spending time with family overeating is worth spending per second.
So, read out these seven strong reasons that will realize you the importance of eating together with a family:
1. Respect both mom and dad
Children who usually have their breakfasts and dinners with mom only tend to think that a mother is a more important parent than a father, because she always finds time to eat with them while dad is busy all the time. And vice versa. When you eat together as a family each day, your children learn to respect both parents. They know you two are busy, but still find time to share meals with them.
2. Eat healthy
As a caring parent, you won’t feed your kids unhealthy foods. You try to make their meals as healthy as possible. When you eat together, you do eat those healthy meals too. Breakfast and dinner are two important meals of the day so it’s crucial to fuel your body with all the nutrients it needs. It’s hard to stick to a healthy diet. Now you have no more excuses.
3. Talk to each other
Yes, you can talk to each other anytime of the day, but think how often do you gather together as a family so that you could talk? Eating together is a wonderful opportunity to see and talk to each other. Just make sure you don’t share any bad news. Discuss some inspiring things, healthy habits and plan some family trips. This way, your children will always associate family meal times with positive talks and tasty meals.
4. Become a family unit
If there are some family problems that you don’t know how to handle, start a tradition of eating together. It’s an excellent opportunity to become a family unit and improve your relationship with kids, or help your husband become a better dad for his children. Eating together as a family is a wise solution for families where a step-parent is trying to get along with a child, or where a daughter-in-law wants to have a really good relationship with her mother-in-law.
5. Enjoy quality family time
Whether you accept it or not, most parents take their kids for granted as well as most teens take their parents for granted. You think you earn enough money for your children to have anything they want, you love them and help them, but do you pay enough attention to them? If you and your husband have busy schedules and don’t always have free time to spend with your kids, get into a habit of eating together as a family. This is a good way to enjoy some quality family time and show your children that you are a real family.
6. Learn good table manners
When you have small kids, eating together as a family is an easy way to show and teach them good table manners, of course, if yours are good. Your children will learn when it’s best to eat, how to be on time so that other family members don’t starve, and how to behave at the table. No one will ever say your children that they have bad table manners. You want to be proud of your grown-up kids, don’t you?
7. Create wonderful memories
Memories can last forever, so create those wonderful moments which turns into a lifetime memory. The precious family mealtimes, the family traditions, and the habit of sharing is what we can keep as a treasure of memory and can pass it to generation to generation.
There are many benefits of eating together as a family that many of us didn’t even think about. We all want to change the world and make it less cruel. Start with your family. Teach your children to appreciate family time and food, and show them how to behave well at the table. They will thank you down the road. Do you think sharing meals together as a family is important these days?