I grew up in a home that had a consistent daily family meal time. My mom usually had dinner ready by 5:00pm and we were always required to come home for dinner no matter where we were at the time. And we did not just grab our food and eat separately somewhere in the house – we all sat down together to have our dinner.
Sometimes it was annoying, especially when I wanted to be out playing with my friends. But looking back, I can see how important it was. That was the time when we talked about our day and we had no choice but to listen to eachother and bond as a family. It was only my brother and I along with my mom and dad. But I feel that no matter how big or small a family is, it is important to set aside time together – and what better time than at dinner?
I do understand that some families have busy schedules. Spouses may work late, kids may have sports. But if there are days when everyone is going to be home, then you can always work having a family meal time into the schedule.
Do you have a family meal time? Or do you find it difficult with your family’s schedule? I would love to hear your thoughts!