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The Importance of Family Dinners

You would think that sitting down as a family, and enjoying a family meal would be something we all do.  In reality, family dinners are becoming less common.  As we juggle work and after school clubs, here we look at the importance of family dinners.

1. Why is having family dinners important?

There are many benefits of having family dinners. It helps to build good communication. It also helps to make sure that we are not eating unhealthy food.

A recent study has shown that people who eat family dinners as a part of their routine have lower rates of depression and physical health issues.

2. How can families make it work for them?

Families have to deal with a lot of changes and challenges, and these can make it difficult to find time for each other. However, families should take advantage of the time they get together by focusing on spending quality time together.

Activities

Instead of being on their phones or watching TV, families should try playing games like board games, card games, or a favourite game like Monopoly.

Routines and Rituals

As we all know, routines and rituals help everyone in the family to know what their responsibilities are. They also help people know what is happening next in their day so they can get ready for it. Families should set up routines that will help everyone feel more comfortable during dinnertime or bedtime.

3. What are the benefits of regular family dinners?

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Family dinners are a great way to strengthen family ties. It’s a time where we can all come together and share stories, talk about our days, and make plans for the future. It’s also a prime opportunity for parents to connect with their children and help them develop healthy relationships with food. One study found that families that shared dinner 4-6 times per week had children who were less likely to be overweight or obese.

The benefits of family dinners are undeniable. Here is what it takes to have a successful one: everyone needs to be on time, sit down at the table, take turns talking about their day and give each other space throughout the meal without distractions from cell phones and TV screens.

4. What are some examples of family dinners that could be done?

One family dinner idea would be to cook a dish that represents each of the four seasons. This can be achieved by cooking a warm dish for winter, an orange dish for spring, a green dish for summer, and a cool dish for fall. Another family dinner idea would be to have each person bring in their favourite food to share with the family.

This section is about what some examples of different family dinners are that could be done. One suggestion is cooking a dish that represents each season. Another suggestion is having everyone bring their favourite food to share with the family.

Do you sit down as a family and eat together? We do try to as much as we can, but since C became ill it is very rare depending on how she is feeling that day.

The Importance of Family Dinners

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28 Comments

  • sandy lynn ralph
    15 July 2021 at 2:41 pm

    The only time we manage to have family meals together due to work commitments etc is on a Sunday or bank holidays really, wish we could do more

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    • admin
      15 July 2021 at 3:33 pm

      Once a week is better than never which happens in some homes

      Reply
  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN
    15 July 2021 at 5:55 pm

    I do try to encourage family dinners at ours. Easier said than done sometimes. It is so much nicer to talk to each other rather than listen to someone else’s youtube video.

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    • admin
      16 July 2021 at 9:29 am

      I agree talking is so much better than various you tube videos or total silence

      Reply
  • Rebecca Smith
    15 July 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Family dinners are so important. We try to make time to eat together at least a few days a week, just to get some time to spend together.

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    • admin
      16 July 2021 at 9:27 am

      It is making the time and everyone sitting together that makes it more rewarding

      Reply
  • Laura
    15 July 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Our house is so small we can’t all fit around the table but we will be moving in a few years once we have got more equity built up and will be getting a big table

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    • admin
      16 July 2021 at 9:27 am

      I bet you can not wait to have a nice dining table to all sit around

      Reply
  • Margaret Gallagher
    16 July 2021 at 12:30 am

    We try as often as possible – its so rewarding too

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    • admin
      16 July 2021 at 9:25 am

      I agree and when the boys visit it gives me reason to fuss and cook a huge roast

      Reply
  • Carly Belsey
    16 July 2021 at 4:21 am

    Dinnertime is very important in our house as sometimes it is the only point in the day where we get to engage. I look forward to it.

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    • admin
      16 July 2021 at 9:25 am

      It is great to sit and eat and discuss your day

      Reply
  • Eileen M Loya
    16 July 2021 at 8:09 am

    When my parents were still with us, family dinners is a must – every single day. Now that I have a family of my own (with grown adult children), we find it hard to find a time to have dinner together. We are all work from home professionals, but our different work schedules are what keeps us from having meals together.

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    • admin
      16 July 2021 at 9:24 am

      Our eldest two do not live with us now, but when they visit we all sit together for meals and I love it

      Reply
  • Eileen M Loya
    16 July 2021 at 8:27 am

    Having different work schedules has been the biggest obstacle for us to have family dinners together. However, during weekends, we make it a point to do so. That is one rule we religiously follow.

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    • admin
      16 July 2021 at 9:24 am

      I think it makes us stronger as a family to make that time to sit and eat together

      Reply
  • Amy SIMPSON
    16 July 2021 at 8:52 am

    We always make sure we have our parents round when we can,for family meals,it’s nice to catch up over a lovely meal x

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    • admin
      16 July 2021 at 9:23 am

      I agree, when the boys are over to visit we all sit down together with my parents to have dinner.

      Reply
  • Kira
    16 July 2021 at 1:44 pm

    Sitting together on the table as a family eating is so important to me as I didn’t have it growing up and cherish meal times with the girls

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    • admin
      16 July 2021 at 1:51 pm

      We always had it when I was growing up, and we did when the kids were growing up, now it is when C is up to it

      Reply
  • Sarah Bailey
    16 July 2021 at 7:04 pm

    I have to admit I have really fond memories of family dinner times as a child, my parents always made sure we all sat down together and had a catch up while eating.

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    • admin
      16 July 2021 at 9:06 pm

      We used to when I was a child and used to with ours when they were younger

      Reply
  • Emma England
    17 July 2021 at 7:36 am

    It’s something I’d love to do but it doesn’t work out that way very often.

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    • admin
      17 July 2021 at 10:32 am

      Sadly we all seem to lead busy lives, which is why when we can I really cherish our family dinners

      Reply
  • Jupiter Hadley
    19 July 2021 at 6:05 am

    We do family dinners each and every evening – it’s a good way to spend some time together and really get to hear about each other’s day.

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    • admin
      19 July 2021 at 8:19 am

      It is great that you can do this everyday am very jealous x

      Reply
  • Wendy Malone
    21 July 2021 at 10:58 am

    Life has become so hectic for women we don’t have time to all sit down and eat together

    Reply
    • admin
      21 July 2021 at 1:07 pm

      I know there is always something

      Reply

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