Family time is a great place, if not one of the best places, to raise the next generation in the faith. We may dismiss meal time in today’s hectic world of school activities and focus on smart phones. Instead let us re-focus on this time-honored tradition. The simple act of eating meals together may have more influence than we ever imagined, as Jim Burns founder of homeword.com discusses on his website.
1) Kids who live in families that eat dinner together regularly are less likely to be involved in at-risk behaviors.
2) Families who eat dinner together regularly are more likely to have stronger, happier family relationships.
3) Kids who live in families that eat dinner regularly together perform better in school.
4) Families who eat dinner regularly develop a stronger family identity.
5) Families who eat dinner together regularly can keep in touch with each other’s lives.
6) A regular family dinnertime provides natural opportunities for planning and problem solving.
7) Eating dinner regularly fosters learning.
8) Kids are likely to receive better nutrition when eating dinner regularly with their families.
9) The benefits of regular family meals don’t require a large amount of time.
Pastor Doug Mund