Hello TwinCitiesView Community, today is a wonderful day as we have the famous guest writer, Tracey Clayton, back for a special appearance. Give her a warm welcome as she blows your minds with awesome and important information about family life.
More Than a Meal – Importance of Dinnertime Family Routine
Everyone is busy these days. Kids are occupied with school and friends while parents have to think about work and chores. And as we live in a digital age, more often than not, everyone spends their free time on their computers and smartphones. Is this perhaps the main reason why family members are growing more and more distant each day? Still, it’s somehow understandable. Precisely because of that, it’s essential to create some family traditions. You don’t have to wait for Sunday lunch in order to get together with your family. Sticking to a traditional sit-down during dinnertime when everyone is usually free and at home is a great way to enjoy some quality family time and connect with every family member.
Cut off any distractions
In order to make your family dinnertime as pleasant and engaging as possible, you will need to have a set of rules. These should not be strict by any means. However, it’s very importa
nt that the kids don’t bring their phones and toys to the table. Also, TV shouldn’t be on during your family dinnertime. Everyone should sit at the table at the same time and ask to be excused only when they finish eating. That way, you’ll create a nice, comfortable and traditional environment that will help you not only enjoy the food more, but each other’s company as well.
Make it special
There’s always a way to add importance to a family moment such as this one. Make it feel like a celebration, choose an embroidered tablecloth, take out the quality table sets you got at the popular wholesale homewares and prepare everyone’s favourite meal. Spending time with your family is always a great reason to celebrate. Moreover, your family will understand that your dinnertime together is a special moment when they see you using your favorite dinnerware.
Create a routine
Having a dinner together every day will effectively create a routine and make your family excited about spending time together in the first place. However, keep in mind that you won’t always be able to eat together. You can even create little dinner-related rituals that can strengthen your bond even more. For example, you can cook together or prepare drinks. If your kids are really small, you can allow them to use ketchup to decorate their food. You can also encourage them to learn new ways to fold napkins and set the table. After dinner, you can all enjoy a dessert or a cup of coffee/tea/juice and watch television or go for a short walk.
No one said that you just have to sit at the table, eat your food in silence and act as if you were having dinner at the royal palace. Have fun as you dine. Stop to talk, laugh or even play some table-appropriate games – not only is this fun but it’s actually a lot healthier to make small pauses like these between the bites. This is a time when you should avoid any stress and anxiety. So, if a family member is actually feeling grumpy, try to make them feel better in a calm and positive manner. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their day or talk about your own. If you want to try this out for the first time, you should be the one to break the ice.
Do you have your own dinnertime family routine? If so, do you also have special recipes that you make or do you try to surprise everyone with your culinary magic? Somehow, it seems that sometimes we try too hard to connect with others, while we tend to forget that a strong connection within our family is all that really matters. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with reaching out, but, in the end, there’s no place like home.
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”
A big thank you to Tracey for always providing useful and enlightening articles for us to read and grow from… Family dinners together are precious and I hope you take time out of your busy days to plunk yourself on a dining chair at the table among your family to eat, talk AND laugh.
Take care readers!
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