Eating together as a family has many benefits and helps create a strong family bond. The whole family will be healthier, happier, kids will get better grades and parents will feel closer to each other.
The benefits of sharing regular meals together are so vast that it is hard to put only 5 on the list.
When you spend time together doing something that is fun and not just work, it brings you closer together. Preparing a meal together, eating it, and even cleaning up after is a nurturing thing to do together.
You can have good, healthy conversations during the process. Plus, it’s just relaxing to smell food cooking while talking and laughing. An easy way to bond and everyone can just be themselves.
When you cook at home the food is going to be a lot healthier. Restaurants, (even from scratch ones) and packaged foods usually put a lot of salt, fat, and sugar in everything. The only reason food tastes so rich and good when you go out is that fat, salt, and sugar combination and this is true even if you’re eating vegetables in most places.
A great way to get the kids to eat healthier is to have them involved in planning and making the meals.
Happier Family Life
When the family is bonded well, it truly can feel like you have a soft place to fall at home. But without that bonding, it’s hard to enjoy being home.
If you have kids who never want to be home have you ever wondered why? It’s not that they’re normal teens, it’s that you’re not fun to be around. Try being more relaxed, and let things go a bit. Enjoy your time with your kids and maybe they'll bring some friends home too.
Children Perform Better in School
Studies show that children who eat at home more often get better grades. Spending time with their parents during the meal and building a trusting relationship not only builds the family bond but nurtures their well-being too.
An important part of cooking and eating at home is the children are getting the nutrition they need to grow, think, sleep well, and move – which is all important to getting good grades.
Spending time together as a couple can be hard but you can find simple ways to do it like preparing meals and eating together.
The act of preparing the family meal together can be good for your marriage communication, which is going to bring you closer together and help you form that united front you need for raising children into adulthood.
If you aren't already eating meals together, start slow. Start implementing at least one night a week, then start adding new nights and before you know it you’re spending more time together as a family.
When you spend time eating together as a family you'll notice the many benefits of creating a nurturing, fun and fulfilling family bond.
When is your next family meal?
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