Did you know that children who have dinner with their families do better in school and are less likely to become troublemakers as they get older? While we live in a hectic world, and always seem to be on the go, there are ways to make time for family dinner time.
One of the biggest problems is that everyone seems to eat dinner at a different time. One way you can get around this is to use your planner to keep up with everyone’s activities. You can then plan dinner around everyone’s schedule. For example, if the kids have practice after school, give them a healthy snack to hold them over and then sit down together as a family afterward. By setting a time to have dinner each night even if that time varies, you can help ensure that your family eats together.
Take a break
If you work from home, it can be tempting to work hours on end. However, taking a break to eat with the family each and every night sets a good example for your children. Setting aside one hour each evening to spend with your family will mean a lot to them. Better yet, find ways to get more done during the day so that you can spending the evenings with your family. If you have to, get up earlier.
Make it a priority
It’s not enough to sit down with your family for dinner if you’re on your tablet or smartphone working. You want to show your family that you’re making the dinner a priority. Make it a rule that no one can use smartphones, tablets, etc. while at the dinner table. This should be time reserved for the family.
Set Aside Time for Chores
Instead of washing the dishes while the kids are eating or doing something else around the house, make a special time for doing chores. For example, do chores while the kids are at school or after they have gone to bed. If you wash a load of laundry each day and run the dishwasher each evening, chores will become easier and you’ll have more time to spend with the family.
Final thoughts on Making Time for Family Dinner
Eating together as a family is more important than you realize. Kids gain so much by sitting down with their family each evening. It may be something that you’ve taken for granted, but your children will greatly benefit from eating together as a family.