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Why Family Dinner is Important

Published Apr 4, 2017 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Having your family gather around the dining table to enjoy a meal together can strengthen everyone’s relationships and provide additional benefits that might not seem as obvious

There are many benefits to eating together as a family. Here are four reasons why making dinner time a central part of your family is important.

Better Communication

In this day and age of technology, people are often consumed with mobile devices, social media and other things that can pull family members away from communicating with one another. When you have dinner with your family that is free of technological distractions, you will all have the chance to talk to one another more openly. This can help everyone in your family grown closer and be more engaged in what is going on in each other’s lives. This is also an opportunity for the family to meet together and talk about important issues—such as stressful events, accomplishments, and any or all family matters. If your children struggle from separating themselves from the TV or their phones, make it a rule that all devices are off during the time that the family is together. This way, your child’s friends can’t get in contact with them during that time. You may even want to consider having a basket or some other container off to the side in the dining room where all cell phones can go before dinner begins to further limit the amount of distraction that they can cause.

Improved Grades

By taking the time to sit down with your family, you will be able to keep track of how your kids are doing in school. Dinner is the perfect time to go over progress reports, discuss education goals and address any academic areas where your children may need improvement. Your children will also likely be more inclined to be honest about their academic progress when you talk openly with them over dinner. This is also a good opportunity for you to learn about the relationships that your children is building with both his or her’s teachers and peers.

Nutrition Monitoring

Having dinner with your family also gives you the opportunity to monitor what everyone is eating—not necessarily in a controlling way, though. With so many unhealthy food choices out there, you will be able to make sure that everyone is at least eating a healthy dinner. You will also have the power to eliminate sweets along with foods that contain high levels of saturated fats, cholesterol and sodium. Nutritious foods such as salad, baked chicken and potato buns, like the ones that Klosterman Baking Company makes, are always great healthy additions to meals and can help your family maintain a well-rounded diet. This is important, especially when it comes to your children, as many people—if left to their own devices—would probably make unhealthy decisions over healthy ones when it comes to what they allow themselves to eat.

Loneliness Prevention

Eating alone can further alienate you from your family members and result in everyone growing farther apart. When you dine together, you will be able to share a meal with the ones you love and engage in positive social interactions. This can definitely help improve everyone’s mental health and boost morale among the members of your family. If, due to your family members’ individual schedules, find that your family tends to eat alone a lot, then it would probably be best for you to dedicate one or two dinner times every week where everyone is together to eat and that that takes priority before everything else.

Sitting down for dinner together as a family may seem like a small thing, but it can make a world of difference when it comes to maintaining your strong family structure. If you start dining together on a regular basis, you will likely see noticeable improvements in the near future.

Hannah Whittenly
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