When's the last time you had dinner with your whole family?
There's no need to be embarrassed. We've all been there and we all understand. Between you, your spouse, and your children, life just gets filled up with responsibilities and obligations.
Are you aware of the benefits for your kids, though? Do you know what they're missing out on by skipping those meals together?
According to The Washington Post, consistently eating dinner together as a family leads has all sorts of positive impacts on your kids. We're talking about better grades, better health, better vocabulary, and a lower chance drinking, smoking, and doing drugs.
Not to mention the obvious bonding that occurs simply because you are taking time to sit down and talk to each other and hear about what is going in each other's lives.
All just because you eat dinner as a family.
"I love the idea of celebrating family dinner. We all know the importance of family time at the dinner table, in particular (or for the Danish, the breakfast table). Sometimes, though, it becomes a time of fighting a discipline. This can easily occur when, as a parent, you put pressure on any kind of an even. The expectation often leads to failure. I like the idea of lightening up and lowering the bar to make room for good connection."
To hear more of Justin's take on taking back family dinner time and other parenting topics, you can check out all of his stuff at The Dad Podcast.