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Why Family Mealtimes Are So Important

Eating is an important part of your routine, but it is even more so when you have a family and want to share the experience with them. Having home-cooked, sit-down family mealtimes can have positive benefits for both you and your kids, so it is good to actively encourage it.

Why Family Mealtimes Are So Important

Family Mealtimes Are an Opportunity to Talk to Each Other

When you are all sitting around the dinner table, it is the ideal opportunity to have discussions about how your day went and talk about anything you like. Even a friendly debate can be fun. It is a great way of strengthening family bonds and remaining close compared to sitting on the couch staring at the TV screen. This can be particularly beneficial as your kids get older and start spending more time on their cellphones or wanting to meet friends. You still want to have the opportunity to bond together as a family, so family mealtimes are the ideal chance to do so.

Experiment with New Cuisines

You will most likely have certain meals that are a family favorite that everyone enjoys, like a beef stew, an easy chicken dish, or vegetarian curry. But it also allows you all to try out various different cuisines at home with the kids by experimenting with different flavors and ingredients. This can also be a more cost-effective way of trying new foods compared to going to a restaurant and ordering lots of different dishes that you might not even enjoy.

Encourage Kids To Eat More Healthily

child eating watermelonThe good thing about cooking meals from scratch is that you can get your kids to try out various different foods and flavors from a young age. It is not easy to get kids to enjoy vegetables, but if you try out various different ways of cooking them this can help encourage them to get a taste for them from a young age and become less picky eaters.

Family Mealtimes Teach Your Kids Life Skills

If you actively encourage your kids to have sit-down meals with you from a young age this can help their developmental skills. They will learn how to communicate and listen effectively and will also become accustomed to learning how to eat properly with a knife and fork, which is certainly useful for good table manners.

Meals Out

Now that restaurants have opened up again it makes a nice change to be able to go out and enjoy family mealtimes together too. It enables you to try different cuisines and eat food that you do not necessarily cook at home yourself like Famous Dave’s BBQ Ribs. It is a great opportunity to all sit down together and enjoy various different foods. Another benefit is not having to cook which makes a nice change if you are usually the one that cooks at home.

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.