We want to be close to our family members.
We want our family to be deeply connected.
Yet, we struggle to find the time to be together.
We say we want a close, connected family yet we race around feeding our kids on the run, or we’re too exhausted to gather our people around the table for meals together.
What if I told you one thing that experts say strengthens kids and families the most, is gathering around the table for family dinner? Would that entice you to try and do it more this year?
The one thing our kids need from us, whether they are toddlers or teens, is purposeful time gathered around the family table talking regularly.
I wrote in my book Parent on Purpose, that research links regular family dinners to better academic performance, higher self-esteem and a greater sense of resilience as well as lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy and depression. Read more