The Importance of Family Dinners

I have always been strict about family dinners. I have always made everyone understand how important it is to sit down and eat dinner together as a family. Although my kids are still too young to understand the complex implications of my sentiment, I believe that they have come to share my fervor for dinner time.

It is sad to know that not a lot of parents are able to grasp the value of gathering the entire family at the table during dinner. I personally know quite a few families who live by restaurant visits, take-outs, and TV dinners. Although it is understandable that times are getting hard and we all have to work harder to provide for our families, I think that sparing an hour or two a day a few times a week for family dinners is not too much. Especially that the well-being of our children is what’s at stake.

According to an article published in Time Magazine, “The more often families eat together, the less likely kids are to smoke, drink, do drugs, get depressed, develop eating disorders and consider suicide, and the more likely they are to do well in school, delay having sex, eat their vegetables, learn big words and know which fork to use.”

So think about it.

Comments

  1. Family dinners, family outings, family game night, family chores, family homework, family prayers…

    Family togetherness matters. It’s one of the most important things parents can give to their children. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to teach proper communication skills, love and respect for all people.

    • Completely agree with all of the family activities you listed above. Families become increasingly busy as the children get older, but if you can at least bank on that family dinner every night you will have something.