Do you want to ensure that your kids grow up healthy and have strong bonds with you and with each other? With one simple action, you can help bring your family closer together!
Have family dinners as often as possible. Even if your busy schedule only allows a few each week, all of you will benefit from gathering for meals together.
The Importance of Family Dinners
1. Connect with your children. Family dinners are a time to enjoy each other’s company and love. By fostering pleasant and friendly conversation, everyone gets a chance to talk and listen to each other. Eating together makes it much easier to keep up with what’s going on in your children’s lives. Connection is so important. We are learning to slow down in life, connect, listen and tune in as we leave this old system in the matrix we’ve been living.
2. Encourage healthy eating. Set a good example by providing balanced meals with plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein. Explain why broiling fish is healthier than frying it. Kids who learn what sensible portions look like will be less vulnerable to becoming overweight. Educate your family on the importance of eating clean/organic food, growing your own vegetables and herbs and why we should stay away from anything else otherwise. You can suggest documentaries such as Rockefeller Medicine, FOOD INC., Plastic Medicine, The Magic Pill, The Truth About Cancer and War on Health to help in their awakening process. Carnegie, J.P. Morgan and Rockefeller all colluded in a robber baron takeover in the 1930’s and introduced the illuminati diet.
3. Improve your children’s emotional well being. Many studies confirm that children who eat with their families have dramatically lower risks for depression, substance abuse, suicide, and premarital sexual activity. When you keep daily communication flowing, your kids are more likely to feel loved and to come to you with sensitive issues. We are learning to reconnect the family unit and get back to family values, spending more time together and being present to listen.
4. Reduce stress. Family dinners help relieve stress for both parents and children. Give yourselves time to relax after the tensions that build up at work and school. Then you can settle down to homework or a movie with a clear mind.
5. Teach social skills. Meals are about more than food. Young people need opportunities to practice table manners and polite conversation long before they tackle their first business lunch.
6. Help your kids get better grades. Studies also show that kids do better in school when they grow up in homes where family dinners are a routine. It’s one more sign that involved parents are key to a good education. Younger children get a big boost in language skills and vocabulary by talking with adults and older siblings.
7. Save money. Meals at home are much less expensive than eating out. The money you save on dinner can help pay for family vacations and college tuition.
How to Find Time for Family Dinners
1. Keep a family calendar. If you need to schedule work, school and extracurricular activities, a calendar will help you design a routine that’s feasible for you. Cut back on overtime or prioritize outside activities if it enables the family to sit down together a few times a week.
2. Prepare simple meals. Collect quick recipes and keep your kitchen stocked with all the basics. Salads and stir-fries are healthy and fast. Crock pot meals are another simple approach.
3. Plan ahead on weekends. Take advantage of any free time to bake lasagna or make a pot of chili. Freeze leftovers for quick weekday eating.
4. Get takeout food. Store the numbers for your family’s favorite takeout in your phone. Good options include restaurants that adhere to organic standards. It might be a few that are around, but until the great awakening event and our new earth, the options are slim.
5. Involve the whole family in making dinner. Work together as a team to share responsibilities. Even small children can assist with setting the table and planning the menu while older kids cook or clean up.
6. Encourage compromise. Give everyone a turn to suggest or prepare his or her favorite dishes. Kids will learn to accommodate others and express their preferences appropriately.
7. Turn off the television and phones. Except for emergencies, take a break from answering the phone or watching TV during dinnertime. Focus on each other and on your conversation.
Family dinners are a wonderful opportunity to spend time together. With this one simple practice, you can get closer to your kids and help them grow up healthy and happy.