Nowadays, with parents being busy at work and kids having overscheduled extra-curricular after school, finding time to eat together as a family has become exceedingly complex. However, the simple practice of eating a family meal together should be made into a ritual. It has several advantages:
- The entire family being together creates a sense of belonging. This boosts self-esteem in the children.
- Better parent-child relationships. You talk about each others' days and share what's going on in your life. This also creates stability in the relationship.
- Family meals reduce obesity. Research has shown that people tend to eat slowly and talk more during family meals. Also, with the television off—there is lesser mindless eating!
- Parents can set good examples for their kids. Watching parents make healthy food choices and follow healthy table manners reflects on the kids too.
Moreover, you get to know each other better! With time, this may just become a cherished family tradition that everyone looks forward to.