When you have a family, it is important that you are spending as much time together as possible. There are many ways that you can bring your family together such as going on days out, playing games together or eating together. Family dinners have seemed to go out of fashion in recent years, but we think that they are very important. Here, we are going to give you some reasons why you should try out family dinners and bring them back. Keep reading to find out more.
Encourage Healthy Eating
The first reason that you should bring back family dinners is the fact that it can actually encourage healthy eating. If your teenagers are cooking their own meals, then it is unlikely that they will be making something healthy. On top of this, by cooking one meal that is shared amongst the family at the dinner table will encourage younger children to eat it. You might find that if you have separate meal times, your kids won’t be able to see the example that you are setting and might be unwilling to eat healthy meals. Make sure to cook a lot of fruit and vegetables and have a big jug of water on the table rather than bottles of fizzy juice. Improve your habits and your kids’ habits will soon follow.
Having a good relationship with your family members is very important and having regular family dinners can really encourage that. When you all sit down at the dinner table, you can talk about your day and your plans for the week. This is a great way of getting to know your kids more and ensuring that they are staying safe when out without you. Of course, not everyone has time to have regular family dinners due to differing schedules but if you can organise one or two per week then you will find that communication improves in your family.
Make Use Of Your Dining Room
Many people have a dining room in their house that they never get around to using. This is a good reason to bring back family dinners and have your family sit together in your nicely decorated room. If you are going to have regular family dinners, then you’ll need to have a good quality dining table that will fit everyone that needs to be there. Be sure to check out the following guide by Fishpools on how to choose the right dining room table: https://www.fishpools.co.uk/blog/2018/08/rectangular-round-dining-tables-decide/ – this will help ensure that you are ready for bringing back those family dinners.
Do you find that you are spending a lot of money on takeaways or on separate ingredients for the different meals that you are making? This is a good reason to start having family dinners where everyone eats the same thing, and nothing is wasted each week. You don’t need to get rid of takeaways entirely as these can still be eaten at the dinner table, but you should make sure to cut down on them if you want to save money. Plan your meals for the week and only buy the ingredients that you need for each meal. You will see how much money you can save in the long run if you avoid making a lot of meals and having a lot of wasted ingredients. Sit down with your family to eat a few times a week and you should be able to cut costs in the future.
Explore New Foods
The final reason that you should think about bringing back family dinners in your home is the fact that you can encourage your kids to explore new foods. If you are always cooking a separate meal for your kids, then you might find that you are sticking to the same recipes because you know they like them. When you eat as a family, you can cook meals that they might not have tried before that will suit you as well. When your kids see their siblings or parents trying new foods, they might be more willing to try them. This is a great way of getting your kids into new world foods and improving the flavours that they are trying.
Many families rarely see each other because of after-school clubs, parents working long hours and many more reasons. If your family are struggling to communicate with each other then you might find that making them all sit down to a family meal a few times a week could really help. Try to make time for these meals and you should find that they can really improve relationships. On top of this, you’ll save money, so it will be worth making this change in the end.