From the very start, family meal time was important to my husband and I. In a busy world where kids have homework, friends, sports, and after-school activities, it was important to us to have a dedicated time together as a family. Studies have shown that family meal time is important to the health and wellbeing of a family. It helps family members bond and connect. Family meal time has also been shown to impact the health of a child as well as their growth and development.
With our busy lives, it can sometimes feel nearly impossible to have everyone together around the dinner table. But it can be done! Here are few tips and ideas to make family meal time happen.
How to Make Family Meal Time Happen
Plan Ahead: Meal planning is essential in making family time happen. Sit down once a week and plan your meals for the week. Choose meals that are easy to prepare. Don’t forget to ask the kids for their input! This will help them feel involved.
Preparation: Now that you have your meal plan for the week, it’s time to prep your food. Casseroles, stews, roasts, and whole chickens are great meals that can be prepared or cooked ahead of time. Or bust out the crockpot for little to no prep time! This Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup is a family hit in our house.
Get Everyone Involved: There’s no reason why everyone can’t chip in meal planning, prep, and clean-up! By making it a family affiar will not only make everyone feel more connected, but it also helps your family appreciate the meal! It’s also easier to get dinner on the table each night when you have some help!
Family meal time is super important! With a little planning, prep, and help, you can totally make it happen.