Why is Family Dinner Time Important?
This is the third in a 4-part series of articles about creating a balanced family life. The first article is: How do You Create a Balance in Your Family Life? The second is: Add Balance to Family Life With Quality Time
In this article we’ll discuss the importance of family dinner time.
Every parent feels somewhat rushed during breakfast, before sending kids off to school and taking off to work. Since it is difficult (if not impossible) to get together with your kids for lunch during school days, it only makes sense that you create “Dinner Time” where you sit at the same table, eat, talk, and enjoy one meal together without distractions or interruptions for a solid twenty minutes.
I think your family deserves twenty minutes once a day, don’t you? I recommend you treat it as a sacred time, time found in a busy day to invest in your family.
Dinner Time is Sacred
Set some parameters for this time as you would with regard to anything sacred in your life. For example, if you would attend worship services with your family, you would regard and respect a set of rules that apply to that sacred ritual, wouldn’t you? You would dress in your nicest clothes, and you wouldn’t think about answering your cell phone or texting a friend in the middle of prayers. You wouldn’t show any lack of respect in the holy place where you congregate.
I believe your family should respect dinnertime in the same way as a sacred ritual. Set aside twenty minutes to sit together, put away all distractions (TV, cell phones, laptops, etc.), and focus on the meal, each other, and the space you’ve created. This time will allow you to connect as a family. There is no other group like you. Making dinnertime a priority for the family will show your kids that you value and respect them enough to invest sacred time in them. Don’t expect your kids to appreciate it in the short term; this is one of those investments with long-term , indirect results.
One of the smallest yet most significant investments you may ever make in your family’s daily life is the dinner time ritual.
Creating balance is an art form. The more you practice, the better you’ll become. Keep Practicing. Your motivation? Creating a happier you and a happier family.
The next article about creating a balanced family life will discuss getting rid of the complicated and simplify…
This is an excerpt from my book: “Create Happy Kids”
Dr. Sherkat is a parent strategist who is available to do Parent Education Workshops, either Private or PTA Sponsored Classes.
Contact her at 425-772-6698.