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Making Time For Family Dinners

posted on January 18th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

Did you know that numerous studies underscore the long-term health, academic, and societal benefits of consistently eating together as a family? Home-cooked meals nourish the spirit, brain, and health of all family members. Not to mention, people who frequently cook at home eat fewer, healthier calories. Additionally, regular family meals are linked to the kinds of outcomes that we all want for our children: higher grades and self-esteem, healthier eating habits, and less risky behavior. These five tips will help you make more time for family dinners.

  1. Pick a night of the week that you plan on having dinner together. This way it won’t interfere with work or after school schedules. An easy way to make this happen is to make it a routine — every Monday night you eat together as a family.
  2. Your dinner doesn’t have to be a complicated meal. Make something easy that allows more time to sit around the table and eliminate the stress of having to prepare complex dishes.
  3. Plan your meal ahead of time so you can have all your ingredients and everyone knows what you’re having to cut down on picky eaters.
  4. Get the whole family involved. Whether it’s planning the meal, cooking, or setting the table, everyone can have their role (or take turns every week).
  5. Encourage conversation at the table.

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