Found a great article on CNN.com the other day about “Why Family Dinners Matter” (click on the title to check it out). I’m a big believer in family dinners!
We’re not yet at the life-stage when family dinners are super tough to maintain: None of my children drive anywhere and no one has major nightly obligations (yet!). I’m sure once we hit the teen years we’ll need to develop some strategies to both allow for the reality of sports and other obligations while still keeping family meals a top priority.
Sometimes our family dinners are really special. I love to cook, so occasionally it’s a full-on meal with lots of homemade items. We sit together and talk about our days. We smile and laugh.
Other times it’s Velveeta shells & cheese, arguments, bad manners, and a smorgasbord of complaints.
But ya know what? I think both of these realities — and all the dinners that fall somewhere in between — are super important to a family rhythm.
The regular shared experiences of family meals becomes a glue that bonds your relationships. It establishes a priority into your family life: at such-and-such time, every day, we look each other in the eye and ask questions and listen. We shut out the phone, the TV, homework, and other stressors and enjoy the good gift of food and company.
What role do shared meals have in your family life? I’d love to hear your thoughts.