Home for the Holidays: Share A Meal (or Even a Healthy Snack) as a Family!
Research shows that there are many positive effects associated with sitting down together and sharing a meal. Families that do often communicate better, strengthen their relationships, develop a strong sense of identity and belonging, and eat healthier meals!
So have a meal together!
Turn off the television and radio, set aside smartphones and electronic devices. They can charge while you take time together to re-charge as a family.
Will it work out to be a perfect family picture every time?
Probably not. Sometimes you might look more like the Simpsons!
But you’ll still be sharing time together! And it is all part of learning and growing together as a family.
A few tips to help make it work:
- Clear the table, of clutter, of electronic devices, of newspapers or magazines. That way you can focus on one another!
- Turn off the TV (or radio, or mp3 players, or hand held games, or…). Let there be some silence so you can speak, and listen to one another.
- Establish a ‘no-fight’ zone, declare a truce for the meal. Avoid topics that you might argue over (an overdue homework assignment, the chores that weren’t done). There is plenty of time for those conversations later!
- Start a conversation, sometimes this can be the most challenging part! Ask one another about a high or low of the day, or even just an ‘either/or’ question, something random like ‘Coke or Pepsi’. Ask it around the table and then invite someone to come up with another either/or question. Repeat. Laughter and silliness is encouraged!
- Ask questions, to understand more about feelings and opinions. Remember the no-fight zone!
- Give everyone a chance to talk, and to listen, those who love to talk can practice listening too!
- Relax, although you want to have the perfect meal, it won’t always turn out that way. Accept each meal as it is.
So find an evening when you can have a meal together. And enjoy it!