Having the whole family sit down together for dinner helps family members understand each other, learn from one another, listen to each other’s problems and provide support or suggestions. In order to make family dinner time valuable, set up strategies to ensure this time is not interrupted.
One way is to ban cell phones from the dinner table. Turn them off or leave them in another room. If family members are texting, on the phone, or checking the internet they are really not mentally present to join in a family conversation.
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Every family should try to enjoy at least one meal together. For most families, that’s typically dinner. Breakfast is too hard with everyone trying to get out the door on time and who has time for lunch when there’s school, work, and errands. Dinner is the best and, often, most agreeable time, but there are some things you should do and things you should not do in order to make the most of the experience.
- Organize with everyone’s schedule to make sure that a compromise can be reached on a dinnertime.
- Create a fun and open atmosphere where people can feel inclined to open up to one another.
- Make sure that no one leaves the table until both the eating and the conversation have concluded.
- Allow any kind of diversion. You may have a flat screen hanging on the wall with hundreds of channels through www.cable.tv/compare-providers/, but enjoying your favorite shows can come after family dinner time.
- Allow phones at the table. Kids like to spend every free second, it seems, texting on those things. They can stand to take an hour break or so. Their friends and social networks will still be there.
- Forget to engage in conversation. Some family members might not want to open up until they are engaged. It’s important that everyone speaks at dinner so everyone in the family is in sync.
When you and your spouse are probably busy with your full-time jobs and when your kids are always busy with school, homework, extracurricular activities and playing with their friends, it might seem like you never have time to spend with one another. It is important to make an effort to spend time with your family on a regular basis so that you can create a sense of family togetherness, as your children are likely to be Read the rest of this entry »
I learned responsibility, teamwork and accountability from eating dinner with my family as kid. I was not just about sitting down together and eating the dinner. It was also about the preparation and then the clean up after dinner. We all had to participate in this activity. Dinner time was not set in stone. It changed time during the school year depending on activities so that we could all sit down and eat dinner together.
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If you have ever known any Italian families, you have undoubtedly noticed just how tightly knit and close that these families usually are. Grown children typically live with their parents or close to them and even if they don’t, the closeness of the family can be seen by everyone who is around when they do get together.
Italians feel strongly about dining with their families on a regular basis, and they make these meals as lavish, entertaining and special as possible, even for simple weeknight meals. As Read the rest of this entry »
Today families do not take the time and sit down and get to know each other. Everyone has a busy schedule that requires them to be away from home at different times of the day. Every family has their own agenda but for the sake of togetherness families need to come together at the dinner table at a time that is convenient for everyone.
Families that eat together are emotionally closer to each other than families that do not. During the day individuals goes through a Read the rest of this entry »
With everyone so busy, meals are often delegated to one person or the luck of the draw. That’s not fair. There is so much that can be learned from meal planning. It would be a shame not to share. Assigning tasks would be one way, but why not teach everyone how to be in charge.
Meal planning, especially on a budget, requires organizational skills, creativity, learning to work within a time frame, and research to come up with a people pleasing product. Everyone should take a turn being team Read the rest of this entry »