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The Benefits of Eating Together

The Family Who Eats Together Stays Together


12/7/2016 11:40:36 AM

I grew up with family mealtime at the table,especially dinner .It was one of the best, and most important times to me when I was a child .I think the dinnertime meal sitting at the table with all family members is a lost art nowadays for most people,but not in our house!!! I love those important family memories and they are more precious to me ,now that my parents have passed away. So, I have endeavored through work schedules when DH did not have a choice ,but to work 12 hour schedules, to save our family mealtimes at the table and even in the process, show our toddler at the time what tea time is like In England @ 4pm {when we had it anyway} so we could eat dinner with Daddy @ the table @ 7:30 pm !!
Our child has shown the same appreciation and respect for that dinner time and also sees it as an opportunity to get to eat ,interact , and chat with us,his parents on a regular basis. Maybe that is one of the reasons he does so well in his vocabulary skills on tests!!!
5/31/2016 8:19:16 AM

I've been working late a lot lately, so I haven't been able to hang out with my family as much. I've been trying to figure out a good way to connect with them. I didn't realize that eating out was such a good opportunity to socialize! I'll have to give it a shot. Thanks for sharing!
11/30/2015 8:27:24 PM

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9/4/2015 5:02:07 PM

Growing up we as a family ate our meals together, I did this with my children and it still continues with my grand children. Thus family get together was a big deal for our family . Since my mom has passed on we have not had many and I do miss them.
2/10/2015 10:18:24 AM

When my kids were young and living at home it was the rare night that we did not eat as a family unit, I miss those days, they are all adult's and I'm a widow lady who eats most of my meals alone, they have moved out of state but when they come to visit I look forward to cooking a big family meal and enjoying the company.
2/2/2015 4:35:53 PM

My partner and I eat dinner together 90% of the time. There are some nights where one or the other of us has activities, but when we are both home, we eat our meals together. I wouldn't have it any other way. :)
1/12/2015 12:20:57 PM

I grew up with a family dinnertime. No matter what no one ate until all were at the table. When I met my husband, his family did not have a table. Their eating habits crept into my routine and set me up for a lifetime of food issues. When my children were born I insisted that we eat at the table or at the counter in the kitchen together. (the counter was set up as a secondary table with stools and plenty of space for all to eat) I think eating at a table with no distractions is very important. I regret ever being exposed to not eating together at a table!
10/4/2013 3:18:01 AM

ROXIGIRL's SparkPage
We always have our dinner together - 7 nights a week.
10/25/2012 11:03:19 AM

BARBANNA's SparkPage
I agree totally with this article. My familly eats late many nights so that everyone can eat together. It's very important and it does save money. We need to take our children back from all the other influencing factors such as cell phones, computer, Kindles and other students.

We need to see if our children are still breathing from time to time.
8/13/2011 4:22:37 PM

Since I started cooking instead of eating out, I insist that my children eat with me at least 5 times per week. Yes, the schedules of my children can be hectic, so I have to be flexible and that is just what I do. Trying new things is a super idea and I am going to keep trying this for all of us!
8/9/2011 10:48:49 AM

When my children were small (they are now adults), eating together at the dining table was a way to each person contributing and sharing information about the days events. Today, it seems that everyone is too busy to relax and to enjoy each other's company.
8/9/2011 9:20:38 AM

CJGASSER's SparkPage
But, seriously... my husband and I have learned that eating together at a dinner table (he even lights candles!) is healthier. We eat less, only he occasionally has seconds but he is in good shape. I am satisfied with correct portions if II eat away from the tv or computer and with him. We also have lower grocery bills!
8/9/2011 9:18:36 AM

CJGASSER's SparkPage
Hmm, my 34 yr old brother in law is still living in his parent's basement and my mother in law is a very good cook... there may be a dark side to this!
8/31/2010 3:46:48 PM

KARIN1972's SparkPage
Since starting with Sparkpeople about a month ago this is one area of tremendous improvement. Having a 1 and 2 year old at home, our attention was always on getting them fed and to bed before we worried about what we were going to eat. Oftentimes this resulted in us getting fast food or throwing something together and eating in front of the TV. But now that I am trying to eat healthy, I plan the meals more carefully and make the meals. Not only has this saved us money but the planning ahead has helped to make sure that we all sit down together at dinner. I think even at their young age they appreciate it and we are starting a healthy family habit.

Thanks Sparkpeople!

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