Everything is better in summer. We are able to spend our free time with our friends and family, and yes, what’s better than a decent Sunday dinner? It’s the perfect opportunity for families to get together, and let’s not forget that we eat a lot of tasty food.
Sunday dinners are special. The family is here, and the kids run around the house. Need a way to gather your family? Cook dinner.
The power of family dinner
Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, a registered psychologist and parenting expert, explains that families that eat together thrive together. The psychologist also noted that mealtime has always been a time of family togetherness.
Is there anything better than gathering multiple generations in one place? We all get to talk to each other, and enjoy all the great stories about our grandparents.
Yes, your kids need to spend time with their friends, but they also need to get used to the magic of a Sunday dinner.
Anne Fishel, Ph.D., family therapist, and co-founder of The Family Dinner Project, Sunday dinners provide cognitive, physical and psychological benefits. Young kids improve their vocabulary, and older kids do well in school. Kids get to eat a lot of fruits and veggies, and these gatherings lower the rates of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse and behavioral issues.
Meals to try
The atmosphere is really important. Give your kids the food they like as that’s the only way to keep them interested in these gatherings. Ask them to help you cook the food, and experiment with your meals.
Kids are really picky when it comes to food, and maybe you should offer them some chicken tenders, spaghetti and meatballs, barbeque chicken drumettes and mini pizzas.
Family dinners are the best. There is something magical about the whole process of cooking the food, setting the table and even doing the dishes. Everyone enjoys the warm temperature, and your kids will feel safe and ready to talk about different topics.
However, keep in mind that you should avoid heavy conversations, arguments and scolding. Family dinners are sacred. Keep that in mind.