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.
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?