This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla, but opinions are my own.
We’re all on the go these days, and as the kids get older, they seem to have more stuff going on than the parents do! For us, we’re juggling our work schedules with parenting our children, school schedules and activities, baseball practices, gymnastics classes, birthday parties and our partially non-existent social lives. With all that we have going on, it’s important to communicate, laugh and reconnect as a family. Family meal time is a great way to do it!
Why is it so important to eat meals together as a family? There are plenty of reasons, but it’s great for everyone to be able to connect and stay on track, and convey our needs, wants, concerns, goals, and life happenings to one another. I try to eat at least one meal per day, for 5 days a week, together as a family. Sometimes it’s a quick breakfast before we head out the door for the day, but it’s usually dinner. Here’s why we Share The Table®…
5 Reasons To Share The Table With Family at Meal Time
1. Communication and support – After a long day, it’s relaxing to be able to share a meal and a few laughs with loved ones. We can all talk about whatever is going on in our lives, concerns, thoughts, and help each other along the way. We also discuss our schedules so that we are on the same page.
2. Manners and dining etiquette – Kids learn by example, so eating together frequently as a family will help teach them proper meal time manners. Things like placing a napkin on your lap, chewing food with a closed mouth, waiting to swallow food before talking, reaching for stuff across the table, and keeping your elbows off of the table cannot be learned while eating fast food in the back seat of your car.
3. Save money – I know that we all have conflicting schedules and occasionally, we do eat out. It can get pricey when you eat out often, though, so preparing food at home as much as possible is a sure fire way to save money. Of course, I would love for someone to prepare food for me each night, but it just isn’t realistic in my family.
4. Connect with each other – It’s easy for us to connect over a family meal, nourishment is something that all humans have in common. Or connection at the table encourages conversation, which we can learn more and more about each other, what we like, want, fear, and dislike. We can show each other that we care by asking how our school and work days went, and best of all, spending TIME.
5. Teach basic food and cooking concepts – I have been teaching my kids about food and cooking for a while now, little by little. They will have to be self-sufficient at some point, so making meals at home together helps to teach them about grocery shopping, meal planning, food preparation and all of the different types foods and their properties. Also, cooking at home means you can control the ingredients and portion sizes, so the meals I cook tend to be healthier overall.
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Family meals at the table have become a meaningful part of our routine, and it’s here to stay! Barilla, a popular Italian food company (and the makers of one of my favorite pasta sauces), agrees that family meals are a great time to connect, nurture and grow. All families are different, but they have the same needs.
Barilla is encouraging people to show how you Share The Table® with your family. When you share your family’s meal time connections using #ShareTheTable hashtag, Barilla will donate the equivalent of 10 meals to Feeding America! Feeding America is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to fighting domestic hunger through a network of food banks, and Barilla supports that goal. For a little meal time inspiration, visit ShareTheTable.com. Also, watch the Share The Table® video to learn more about the program.
How do you #ShareTheTable with your family?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla. For every post using #ShareTheTable from now until 4/30/14, Barilla will donate a monetary equivalent of ten meals ($1.11) to Feeding America®, up to 1 million meals. Barilla will donate a maximum of $110,000. One dollar helps provide 9 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks.