Usually I have a frozen dinner on hand for those nights that I haven’t planned our evening meal. Normally, I don’t pay any attention to the print on the plastic film, but this weekend I actually read it.
Oh, my gosh!! How sad our family situations in America have become that Stouffer’s has to tell our society to have dinner with the kids!!
“Kids who have regular family dinners may better grades.”
“Teens who have regular family dinners may be more likely to confide in their parents.”
But actually great advice.
We get so busy with after school activities, homework, projects, work, laundry, church, etc. that finding time to sit down together is next to impossible.
When our boys were home, we ate more meals at the ballpark than at home as they played baseball year round. We used to joke and say when I said it was time for dinner, everyone got in the car!
Eating together does not have to always mean dinner. Eat breakfast as a family before school or lunch on the weekends. Try hard to find the time. Believe me, it goes fast! We now have grandchildren!!
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia) has been studying the relationship between eating meals together as a family and teen behavior.
“Teens who eat family dinners at least five times per week report better relationships with their parents, less drug and alcohol use, less smoking, more frequent attendance at religious services and lower levels of stress than teens who have family dinners less than three times a week, the CASA Columbia research indicates.” Reference
D – Dine together
I – Invest your time
N – Nutritional meals
N – Negotiate the schedule
E – Engage in conversation
R – Revitalize your family
Children are a blessing from God. It is our responsibility to raise them righteously.
See, children are a gift from the Lord. The children born to us are our special reward. The children of a young man are like arrows in the hand of a soldier. Happy is the man who has many of them. Psalm 127:3-5a (NLV)
Then Esau looked up and saw the women and the children. He said, “Who are these with you?” Jacob said, “They are the children whom God, in His loving-favor, has given your servant.” Genesis 33:5 (NLV)
For those of you with children at home, I pray that you reflect on the benefits and pleasures that are gained by spending family time together. Ask yourself, what can I do to strengthen our family and then make adjustments as needed.
I am not saying anything new or unique, but sometimes we need a nudge…I guess that was what Stouffer’s had in mind.
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