EATING FAMILY DINNERS
After a hectic day of running behind my kids, completing innumerable chores (or well, trying to), preparing meals, running to different play groups, church activities and various other errands, I generally don’t have any energy left in me. Seriously, I just want to curl up and go to sleep!
However, my family has a tradition. A tradition, that I try my best to maintain. This is the tradition of always eating our dinner together as a family. There are many reasons why I believe that this should be a tradition that should never be broken; here are a few reasons why:
- Eating healthier:Eating dinner together as a family every night means home cooked meals. If you’re eating alone, it’s easy to succumb to the lure of pre-packaged meals which are full of preservatives and not enough taste. But, if you plan to have dinner together as a family, you make sure to cook a healthy and tasty meal at home. This not only helps you experiment and improve your kitchen prowess, but enables you to ensure that you and your family are getting the nutrition you need.
- Being together as a family: Throughout the day you are busy completing chores, cleaning up after your little ones and getting important work done. It doesn’t leave you much room to be together with your family. Yes, you get to spend time with your children when you tuck them in at night but, having dinner together ensures that you get to spend time with them a little bit more.
- Keeping you up-to-date: Sitting at a table and eating together means that you get to talk to everyone about how everyone’s day was and keeps you updated on any upcoming important events. In the hustle bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to forget a few important events. But using your dinner time to talk about the upcoming week’s schedule helps you be aware of all events that have been planned for the week. Whether it is taking your toddler to a special playgroup meet, a play date with one of their friends or having invited your friends over. You can use this time to be assured that you are prepared for everything and not let anything come to you as a surprise.
It won’t last forever: “It won’t last forever” is my mantra. I have used it to go through many, many different aspects of the early parenthood days. From midnight feedings to the diaper changes and constant wailing’s. “It won’t last forever”, I would say to myself. And…it really didn’t. Now that I have graduated to become the mommy of two little ones, I can definitely say that this mantra is unbelievably true. My toddler has grown up so fast I almost can’t believe it, and I want to cherish every moment of it. These dinners help me do just that. Not only can I watch the little one chatter excitedly about every mischief they were up to but also, watch how my two children interact with one other. As a parent, I love to see these moments unfold and want to soak up each and every one of them.