Last winter I was fortunate to be able to attend the 2013 Build Your Own Blog Conference put on by Six Sisters. It was held near my home in Salt Lake City, Utah. I loved meeting so many new bloggers and it was super to see many very successful bloggers in person too. One of the highlights of the day however, was hearing the keynote speaker,Brooke Walker from Channel 5's daytime lifestyle show, Studio 5. I loved her talk!!! She challenged us to find a focus for our blogging, to figure out why we blog and share that focus with our readers. That got me thinking about why I spend so many hours posting about cooking. Obviously, I love creating and learning to cook new recipes but on a bigger scale, I see a great need to get people excited about spending more time at home together especially at the dinner table.
Some of my favorite memories growing up are from when we were all seated around the table. We always ate dinner together and that was basically the time we got to know each other and what we did with our day. My dad had a great sense of humor and very definite ideas on how you eat. He wouldn't eat until his plate was dished up and totally picture perfect with seasonings and it was just so. His motto was "Always leave the table a little bit hungry." He said it and he did it and never had a weight problem through his life.
Good memories. Some people are doing so many, many things in their life that they have forgotten how important these times are to spend with their families. Even if there is just 2 of you. It's quality time and it's important!
So to help you along the path to more family time at dinner time, I have come up with this--
Top Twelve List
Reasons To Eat Family Meals Together!12. Supper can be a stress reliever! ( See CNN Living, Sarah Klein here).
11. You can lower your intake of processed foods. (See Deseret News Taking
back Family Dinner here).
10. Kids might learn to eat their veggies. (See CNN Living,
Sarah Klein, here).
9. Kids might learn to like a bigger variety of healthy foods!
(See CNN Living, Sarah Klein, here).
8. You control the portions.
See CNN Living, Sarah Klein,here).
7. Saves you money! Studies found that when families eat out
they spend an average of $8.oo per person. Home meals
averaged at $4.50 per person. (See CNN Living, Sarah Klein,
here). I personally think home meals are much less than that!
6. "Family Dinner can act as an intervention with children
who are feeling down or depressed." (See CNN Living, Sarah
5. Children get better grades and the conversation builds their
vocabulary. (See CNN Living, Sarah Klein,here).
4. Dietary Problems such as obesity,over eating,lack of key
nutrients in diet. (see Newsobserver.com,here).
3. Children may have fewer emotional and behavioral problems and
greater emotional well being. (see USA Today, Sharon Jayson here).
2. It gives parents time with their children and each other to set clear
goals, set boundaries and talk and have a good time together.
(See Deseret News, Taking Back Family Dinner,here).
1. "When Children have dinner with their families at least 5 to 7 times a
week they are 33% less likely to use alcohol or drugs." (See Deseret News,
Taking Back Family Dinner, here).
Wow! What a list. The articles linked to each reason are really very good so visit them if you can.
I hope that if you eat most of your family meals at home that this will make you feel very good. I hope that if you haven't been taking time for this very important meal at home that you might be persuaded to rethink your time and make it a priority. To help you out I have prepared a list of ideas to help simplify the tasks involved. Watch for that next time!
But just for now, What keeps you from eating at home at a regular time and what tips do you have for making time for dinner?
Thanks for listening!
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