The family table is more than just a spot to grab a quick meal, it’s an opportunity to come together to strengthen our family bond.
One of my fondest childhood memories is gathering together with my family during the holidays, or on Sundays, for a big dinner.
When my husband and I began our family, I requested that family dinner time at the table become a regular habit. Now, that we are a family of six, our family table has grown bigger and more lively by the years!
Even more, I have learned why this is a needed event in our home.
7 Reasons Why Family Mealtime Is Still Important
After a long day of school, work, running errands, etc., it’s nice to sit down to enjoy good food and conversation in the comfort of your own home, with the people you love the most. To create a more intimate experience, we have made the rule of no phones or tablets at the table.
Our children have the opportunity to learn new skills and develop a sense of responsibility. Dinner time is a team effort in our home, just about everyone pitches in. Our older children, help with setting and clearing the table, sweeping and evening chores.
To improve their communication skills, we encourage our children to lead, participate and initiate table discussions. Its amazing (and sometimes amusing) watching them share their opinions, jokes, and handle disagreements. There are lots of questions being asked too!
I cook at home at least 6 days a week. This gives me the opportunity to feed my husband and children healthier options.
Also, this is a great time to introduce new foods. Can you believe my 8 year old loves brussel sprouts?!
We have the chance to cultivate a regular prayer life. At each meal, our family give thanks and appreciation for our food and time together.
Our children lead prayer during the day and Daddy leads prayer at dinner time. The children and I also have morning devotion during breakfast.
Proper manners are developed at the meal table. Particularly with little ones, this is something we have to reinforce frequently! I am so grateful that we can see the fruits of our labor in the interactions of our children, especially, away from home.
Surprisingly, strangers have approached us in restaurants to compliment our children’s behavior, we are thankful for that and try not to take it for granted!
A Comfortable Place
Mealtime is a time for relaxation, a place we should be able to feel safe and secure with our loved ones.
It is essential that we work towards implementing good habits, traditions and memories in our families.
Why not start by gathering often at the family meal table?
How do you make mealtime an important part of your family?