It’s that time of year when we start thinking about goals and resolutions. I love this chance to hone in on what truly matters and make an intentional plan that focuses on the most important things.
It’s also the time of year when we begin to crave some order and routine again, after the holiday hustle and festivities.
One of the things that I know is high on your list is building a strong family. There are, of course, lots of elements that go into that, but one piece that works well is this:
Family dinner together.
Gathering around the table together most nights of the week provides so many benefits for your family. It can be hard when the toddler doesn’t want to stay at the table, or the four year old is going through a picky phase, or the teens are off working…
Sometimes it might not seem worth it, especially after a meal that turned into more of a battle of teaching table manners. Or a dinner that mostly involved cleaning spilled milk off the floor.
But all those times around the table add up, creating a family culture that says:
Our family is worth the effort.
Our kids are important.
We can count on every person around the table.
Those dinner times also give a chance to talk together, pray together, explore new foods together and share favorites over and over again. They provide a time for us to reconnect after busy days, find out how school and work are going, talk about things we’re looking forward to and more.
Commit to focusing on having regular family dinners.
If you’re already in that habit – fantastic! You might want to think about ways to have more conversation around the table. Or focus on teaching your kids to cook parts of the meal this year.
I promise our efforts will pay off!
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