Did you want to eat more often with the family but can’t find the time? If so, then this blog entry is perfect for you. In it you will learn how to find time in a busy schedule to eat together as a family.
Last week I discussed some of the reasons why it is important to make time for yourself and your family to eat together. In summary it provides an opportunity to communicate, grow as a family, and model good eating habits/behaviors to your children.
But, between working, activities, school, and the smartphone vying for our and our kids, attention how do we find a time to gather around the table?
• Set time in your schedules for family meal time. If you are eating two or three days a week try to aim for four. Research shows that families who make the time to gather at the table five or more times per week promote eating more nutritious meals and positive behavior in school. If you are already at five, way to go! Keep it up.
• Be Positive! If you think you it’s impossible to set time aside you never will try. One study showed that 59% of families eat together 5 times per week. If they can do it so can we.
• Commit to shutting off that smartphone/television. Electronics are a distraction that takes away from communicating with one another. Shutting it off for 30 minutes during meal is a good way to practice active listening with your kids.
• Plan to share about one another’s day, a favorite movie, a dream, a story, or goal in life. The memories you make will last a lifetime. In my family one of my favorite moments was sharing stories. Many of those stories I remember today, such as the night a moose fell in the pool!
• Celebrate togetherness
Let’s get together!