The importance of eating together for the family
We all are living in a busy world. I even have experienced those times in my younger age when my mother used to tell that why don’t we eat together so that her work is lessened. But what she indirectly means is that (you know about mothers…they won’t tell philosophies directly; they will say it with a touch of practicality) eating together has a lot of benefits. This I heard it from her itself once. Now let me take you through the benefits of eating together as a family:
Develops a sense of togetherness
Family meal is really important because it will develop your bond even more with your family members. It is the time for understanding our family members better more so because we don’t spend much time with them during other scenarios. We bond well with them, and our mental well-being is significantly taken care of.
Sharing good or bad experiences
Well, it is true that we should not talk while eating but don’t take it to heart. It is only for the time of eating; you can converse while you are relaxing. If you are child, you can talk about your observations to your mother or father and if you are a parent you can give suggestions to children to improve their eating habits. You can even tell them to eat more fruits and vegetables . Advice given at the relevant point of time will have great impact rather than that given at later stages.
Develops a sense of contribution
Sometimes it may happen that you have prepared your meal together and sit down for eating together. This will go a long way in developing a profound relationship with each other. Everyone will feel that they have made a great contribution thereby leading to their happiness.
Decreases stress to a great extent
I know how it feels to have a long day and then come home feel extremely tired. But imagine the relief you get when you sit with your family members, see the beautiful and radiant faces of your children, and then eat food. It is really unparalleled. Sometimes, in your role as a sibling, the way you tease your brother or sister that the food is bad (even though it is excellent) and the latter acting as though they are offended, are all great stress-busters.
It can reduce the chances of depression
You may wonder how eating together as a family can decrease the chances of depression. But the key here is that it will increase the self-esteem of the child who is anxious about eating habits. The parents will be observing them constantly and will tell them in a compassionate manner to eat only good food.
When you eat together as a family, you don’t feel like going to the restaurants often. The joy that you get in eating together will stop you from spending huge money in restaurants. Besides, there is no denying that the meal cooked at home is healthier than the one prepared at restaurants.
If you are one who is still clinging on to the good-old custom of family meals, you are on the right track. Or if you are the one for whom it is still elusive, don’t worry..get benefited from family meals from now on!