I’m a big believer in cell phone free meals, as you may have noticed in an earlier tip. Even though restaurants are using paper-free menus stay safe during the COVID pandemic, our need to have unplugged time with family is even more crucial today than ever before.
Long before COVID, articles, books, such as “The Surprising Power of Family Meals”, and studies, on the topic of the need for unplugged meals all came to the same conclusion: family meals are important for our kids to grow up healthy. The kids with more family meals are the ones who are more likely to steer clear of risky behaviors, early sex, drugs, maintain a healthy weight, and do well in school.
In our digital world, family meals are also a time for us to connect with our kids – regroup with them and learn about their day, talk about difficult issues and get a break from all the technology.
While the changes imposed on our lives from the pandemic are stressful, one of the advantages may be more time together as a family. We can use the added time at home to have more meals and include our kids in deciding on meals, helping with preparation and cooking. This could become an unexpected time to create a new level of communication and, perhaps, even teach our kids some skills in the kitchen.
Much of life has changed beyond our control. So, let’s take control of what we can control in our own homes and have fun in our own kitchens with our kids. Meal times with our families will be good for all of us.