Let’s celebrate National Family Day tommorow, September 26th!

Tomorrow is National Family Day…I’m in…are you?  One of the main intentions of the folks who have been instrumental in promoting this day want people to eat dinner with their family more often.    So, of course this is something that I am behind 100%.

I know that it’s hard…too many different schedules, too many activities…but if you realized how much it means to your children’s future, really more than soccer practice or ballet, would you make more time to have dinner with your family?  I’m betting you would.

Many studies have found that families that eat together on a regular basis (3 to 5 times a week) are healthier, both physically and mentally.  Of course, your children grow up with better nutrition and better table manners, but did you know that by having a regular dinner together your children will make better choices in life regarding friends, drugs and alcohol?  They will also have higher grades in school which leads to better careers and therefore a better future.

Why?  Well, it’s pretty simple.  When a family has dinner together you talk and listen to your children.  You get to hear their views and they get to listen to yours…not in a “let’s sit down and have a talk” session that both you and your children dread, but on a consistent, friendly basis.  When difficult topics come up in the natural course of conversation, it’s an easy way to guide your children to make good choices rather than to lecture them on that same topic.

It’s also a great idea to get your children involved in making the dinner with you.  If they are involved, it will be easier to teach them that a variety of foods are tasty…they will learn from you.  There is always something even little children can do to help.  The more involved they are, the more you can teach them about the importance of good nutrition and respect for the food that we eat.  Who knows, you might just have a budding chef in the family!

The dinner table is a very special place; we can relate to one another, not via cell phone or text messaging, or e-mail.  We can talk, share, laugh, argue, but we’re being heard in a face to face way that can’t be duplicated as a family anywhere else but at the dinner table.

I would love for more families to eat together every night, but if that’s just not possible, please start a tradition of eating together on Sunday…let’s all return to Sunday Supper!





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