Why You Should Prioritize Family Dinners
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What if you had an activity that you could do at home, that would require no cost or special equipment, that would have benefits for the emotional, physical, social, and academic health for every member of your family? What about if this activity was available for every household?
Well, I will tell you. This activity exists, it’s called the family dinner.
Here are some tips that you should include in your family dinner.
Be creative with connections
We will all agree that we all have work obligations, homework, sports practices, and countless other activities. Between those, there are many more reasons why it is hard to get everyone at the table. However, you can still get the benefits of family dinner even if all members are not present.
Use FaceTime or Skype to have a face-to-face experience with a family member that is not present for the meal. Take advantage of late-night snacks, early breakfasts and desserts with loved ones who are busy to experience a habit of sharing the meal even if you can’t have a whole meal together.
Don’t focus on the food, focus on family
Family dinner is supposed to be a priority and not a privilege. Research is showing that almost all teens really enjoy having dinner with their families and they would like to do it more often.
Take advantage of healthy food like pre-chopped vegetables, frozen products, and rotisserie chickens to make dishes in minutes. Keep everything simple. Fruit and sandwiches, a big salad, or even eggs are a great choice of protein for a low-cook dinner. Many teens and kids are able to help you prepare these meals.
Avoid asking the same questions you ask every day. Like “How was your day?” “What did you do?”. Of course, I’m not saying you shouldn’t do this, but get more interesting.
Your conversation starters should be handy. They will help you to break the ice if it is needed. Talk about philosophy or something funny, depends on the age groups. Ask your kids what superpowers they would like to have if they could.
Accept the technology
It is reported that over 50% of adults think that using phones at the dinner table is making the quality of their relationship with the family worse. However, families don’t know how to deal with this.
Make it fun! As mentioned above, use the technology for something useful. Give a member that’s not present a Skype call, make them feel like they are there. You can even make a deal with your members to put all of your phones in the middle of the table. The first one who grabs the phone has to do the dishes!
Family dinners offer lifelong benefits and everyone should enjoy them. The connections and memories your children are going to make around your family dinner table will last for the rest of their lives. They will also enable your children to behave properly.
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