Although dinner time at our house may not always run smoothly, it serves as the number one factor that ensures our family’s success.
Studies show that children who sit down with their family regularly ( for breakfast, lunch, or dinner) are more likely to do well in school, attain their goals, and succeed socially. This is because the family meal time provides routine, consistency and connection. The rules and expectations of family life are practiced at this table. Sharing and caring about each others’ lives takes place here, and it’s also a place to practice socially correct behaviors while trying new things in the company of those who love you no matter what.
If we have meals together regularly, we have better odds at having children who succeed. Even if the only time we can connect is during a late night snack or over cereal and milk before the bus comes, make it count, sit down with your kids and pause a bit.
The world is telling us that sports ,activities, and work matter , but I think we know what really matters.
Making connections with our kids THAT’S what matters most.
Helping them connect the dots of their world is what these connections can do and what better place to do this than around your dinner table. Make mealtimes matter ,carve out moments around the table breaking bread and uniting as a family. If you do this regularly you will see your family BLOOM.
If you agree that meal time matters, or if you simply want to find out more about what research says regarding regular family meals, check out one of my favorite reads:
The Surprising Power of Family Meals by Miriam Weinstein