The Scenario: There is a disconnect in communication in your family. You feel the barriers between siblings around certain subjects and the miscommunication runs rampant between you and your partner. It’s hard to find time to begin working on communication.
What do you do?
Go back to basics and make the time to have dinner when the entire family is present. A Gallup Poll indicates that 24% of families eat dinner together an average of 2-3 nights during the week. Additional studies indicate that making dinner a regular family activity can:
1. Improve communication
- Creates an opportunity for open communication among the family members.
2. Boost student performance in school
- Students who eat dinner with family 4 or more times a week perform better on tests than students who eat dinner 3 or fewer times with their families during the week.
3. Facilitate adjustment
- Children who eat more meals with their families during the week are more able to adapt to different social settings outside of the home.
4. Ensure better nutrition
- Parents tend to cook healthier food when the family gathers together for dinner.
The Insight: Set aside time throughout the week to spend with your family. Don’t allow interruptions. It’s easy to let outside obligations dictate your schedule, but make the effort to appreciate your family and nurture your support system.
How often do you enjoy dinner with your loved ones?
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