Importance of Family Meals is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla but all opinions are my own.
Family life can be crazy these days. Even with W only being 3, there are still nights when it seems like I must have a teenager already. Between preschool, play dates, swimming lessons, and meetings I might have. We definitely have some busy evenings around our home already. But there is one thing I’m working hard to protect during these early days of our little family.
The family meal.
Importance of Family Meals
I know as the kids get older and busier, it may get more and more challenging to find time when we’re all together. It may be more difficult to make sure we all have time to connect and grow closer as a family. So my goal is to make sure we have at least a few family meals together each week.
I recently learned that I’m not alone in my efforts. Seventy-six percent of people say dinner is the most important way to connect the family. But I also learned that one in four families say they feel like disconnected individuals living under one roof. That is exactly what I’m trying to avoid in my house.
But it’s not easy. I’ll be the first to admit that. The other day J and I were out having dinner together and after a few silent moments I realized we were both looking at things on our phones! With a chuckle we put our phones away and focused on why we were out together. It’s so easy to be distracted by the things like swimming lessons and meetings but it’s also so easy to get caught up in the technology that’s at our fingertips.
And getting to caught up means that I could miss out on something as simple as sharing a cupcake after dinner. Those are the most precious moments to me and I want to be able to enjoy them for years to come.
It’s important to make family meals mean something. They can have a powerful positive impact on the entire family. Both parents and kids can experience overall life satisfaction and increased emotional benefits when they share the table together. That is music to my ears and exactly what I hope to see happen in my home over the next few years!
Oh, and the part that is the most fun about family meals? They don’t always happen at our dinner table! Sometimes we head out on a family picnic at the local park. And sometimes we head out into our own backyard for a meal of grilling and spending time outdoors together. But no matter where we grab a meal together, it’s the together part that I treasure each and every time.
This positivity is exactly what Barilla is working to inspire in families with the Share The Table® movement. They want to encourage families to build strong, healthy relationships. And that is something I can definitely get on board with, starting with my own family and at my own dinner table!
Tell me how you make sure your family spends time together!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla. For every post using #ShareTheTable from now until 4/30/14, Barilla will donate a monetary equivalent of ten meals ($1.11) to Feeding America®, up to 1 million meals. Barilla will donate a maximum of $110,000. One dollar helps provide 9 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks.