Bringing Family Mealtime Back

There have been a lot of articles floating around the last few weeks (heck, years if you google the subject) on how important it is for families to eat a meal together. Families who spend quality time around the table talking and interacting have more well-adjusted children. What do they mean by well-adjusted? According to an article in Time.com: Healthier, less likely to do drugs, have sex, and learn to use a fork. According to the experts in the article, “A meal is about civilizing children. It’s about teaching them to be a member of their culture.” I totally want civilized children!

Our family has been making a special effort to have 4 – 5 meals together every week to make sure we connect and more importantly, have fun. Trust me, I know it’s hard for busy families to find the time to schedule quality time together but you have 21 chances a week to sit together and interact as a family. Surely, you can find 4 or 5 times to do it together. Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing ideas on how to find the time, make mealtime a little easier for Mom, and most importantly, have fun. Just because you are all sitting around a table together, it doesn’t mean you are connecting. You have to engage and I’ll give you some ideas on how.

For starters, we came across this great article on 5 Ways to Improve Family Mealtime at the MyJobChart blog so we wanted to share.

We’ll be adding a few more ideas of our own over the next few days so check back. Just out of curiosity, how many times a week does everyone in your family sit down to eat together?

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Tags: Family Dinner Time Fun · Family Fun Ideas · Holiday Traditions · Parenting Tips

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  1. Can I just tell you how much I love your blog? I’m so glad to have come across it a few weeks ago…I can’t get enough of Chocolate Cake Moments these days! (Perhaps someday I could feature you on my blog??)

    Anyway…we too are very committed to trying to eat as a family. With 4 kids (ages 6,7,8, & 15) ~ most involved in sports, we must be intentional about making this happen. I would say we make it 5-6 nights a week. I believe it’s very significant in building a strong, healthy family ~ so I protect dinner time as much as I can!

    Keep up the GREAT work!! You are making a difference!
    Warmly,
    Cindy :)
    *She Sparkles*

    Cindy Bultema
    3/11/10

  2. Cindy – Thank you for your kind words about the blog. As you know blogging can be lonely sometimes. If no one comments, you feel like you are just talking to yourself. I would love to be featured on your blog someday. I think it would be fun. If you are up for it, we’d love to feature a guest post from you. The more fun ideas, the merrier our families.

    Sue

    Administrator
    3/24/10

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