My husband and I have a running joke. Each night he asks “Where are we eating dinner?” and I reply “Where all Americans eat dinner. On the couch.” I guess it isn’t that funny, but it is true. I am 100% positive that many others eat dinner exactly like us. I remember eating dinner as a child. We sat down as a family and went around the table talking about our days. What happened between then and now? Where did this disconnect actually happen? That, I can’t pinpoint. What I can do, though, is try my best to change it. There are tons of reasons to make time for family dinner, and now is going to be the time that we sit down and actually do it!
Reasons to Make Time for Family Dinner
- Better Grades: Family meals give children the opportunity to listen to how adults communicate, therefore allowing them to expand on their vocabulary and listen to how words are used together. Kids who eat dinner with their families are much more likely to excel in school.
- Healthier Eating Habits: There is something to be said about a home cooked meal. They contain more nutrients and less fat than meals on the go. Plus, children are more apt to try new foods during a family dinner.
- Better Behavior: Kids who eat with their families are reportedly happier, show less signs of depression and are more optimistic about their future. They are also less likely to use alcohol, tobacco products or drugs.
- Communication: The family dinner table provides a great platform for us to communicate about our day. Open communication helps to build and develop upon the relationships that we already cherish.
- Less Stress: This may come as a surprise, but women who work out of the home report feeling less stressed when participating in a family meal. Personally, meal planning and cooking are my stress busters.
We have taken the Vanity Fair #TakeBackTheTable pledge. Since our announcement on September 4th, we have eaten dinner as a family each and every night at our dining room table. I’m not going to lie, it was a challenge! At first, reminders to turn phones on silent and remove electronics from the table were on a nightly basis. We are now at the point where we look forward to talking to each other in person, rather than through text over the course of the day. Being able to share details of our everyday in person has been refreshing, to say the least. This challenge has turned in to a lifestyle that I am happy to say is going to stick around. To see even more challenge success stories, visit the Vanity Fair digital hub and check them out on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, too!
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I took the pledge to #takebackthetable to show how important it is to spend more time with family at meal time.
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