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Welcome back to day 9 of our HOME SWEET HOME – 30 Days to Love Your Home series!
Our family eats dinner together almost every single night of the week. In fact, we have designed our life and schedule so that that is possible 99.9% of the time.
(The kids and I also tend to eat breakfast and lunch together most weekdays as well, which may or may not work for you if you don't homeschool.)
Numerous studies have shown that family mealtimes are incredibly important for many reasons including family bonding, relationships and better self-esteem in children and teens.
Family mealtime is also a chance for parents to be role models, to show interest in a child's and each other's lives, as well as a time to teach manners and general etiquette.
Some have argued that in today's day and age, it's just not possible to eat together every night as in generations past. But they're wrong. I'm sorry. But it's true. YOU control how busy you and your family are. YOU can choose to make mealtime a priority.
Meals are a time for socializing, conversation, sharing, and celebration.
How important and powerful is this experience of family togetherness at the dinner table? In a classic case of scientific research corroborating common sense, a 2010 study on “The Importance of Family Dinners” (published by Columbia University's National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse) found that teens who have five to seven family dinners per week are twice as likely to receive higher grades in school (A's or B's) and three times likelier to say that they have excellent relationships with their parents. They're also many times less prone to experiment with smoking, drinking, and drug abuse as compared with those who have fewer than three family meals a week. (Source)
Family meals are important for you, your spouse, your kids and ultimately the memories and relationships that come from family mealtime can contribute greatly to helping you love your home.
Choose your family's overall favorite meal, prepare it, set a pretty table and then enjoy a meal together today!
No phones, no TV, no devices.
Do this whether you normally eat together or not. If this is a normal event for your family, make it a little bit special by using some good dishes or setting a prettier than normal table. Your table doesn't have to be fancy, but if you want to take it beyond the everyday paper napkins and casual place setting, here are a few of our favorite tablescapes.
Going forward, try to plan AT LEAST three dinners per week together.
Bonus: you can add this to the list of good memories in your home!
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