It’s a widely held belief that the best way to create strong bonds among the members of your family is to sit around the dinner table and enjoy a nice meal with one another. According to The Family Dinner Project, parents and children who share meals together benefit from the following:
- Better academic performance
- Higher self-esteem
- Greater sense of resilience
- Lower risk of substance abuse
- Lower risk of teen pregnancy
- Lower risk of depression
- Lower likelihood of developing eating disorders
- Lower rates of obesity
Sure, sitting around the same dinner table is a great start, but taking it a step further by eliminating any distractions will make your family dinners so much more effective and enjoyable.
Start off by having a designated basket, bin or place for all your devices — devices that could include things like your phones, handheld games, tablets and even fidget spinners. If it’s an item that may prevent you from giving your entire attention to those sitting around the table, then it needs to be placed in the basket.
Keeping your focus on the faces and feelings of your family will bring you closer together and help benefit you in countless ways.
And now that it’s summertime, some of your family meals can take place on a blanket in the park or around a campfire you built together. It’s not necessarily the table that makes the family meal all the better — it’s the people enjoying the meal, the purpose behind the gathering and the planning that went into making the meal a successful event.
You could even come to Cheddar’s for some family time and a made-from-scratch meal!
At Cheddar’s, we work to create an environment where you can enjoy a made-from-scratch meal and engage in meaningful conversation with those who matter most: your family.
Come pay us a visit at your local Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen and enjoy some quality time with your family.