Promote family time at the table
Today’s families are busier and more budget conscious than ever and it seems like opportunities to come together are scarce. Kids may be engrossed in extracurricular activities and Mom and Dad may be putting in extra hours at work to make ends meet. But making the time for family can improve family relationships and foster success for kids and adults alike.
Celebrated annually on the last Monday of September, National Family Day(R) promotes strong bonds between families. Perhaps nowhere does the opportunity to enjoy family time occur more than around the dinner table. Only one in five families sit down to dinner together, with many instead grabbing meals on the go or choosing fast food. Neither option is especially healthy or cost-conscious. But there are ways even the busiest families can enjoy a healthy meal together without breaking the bank.
Families can enjoy intentional time around the dinner table in recognition of National Family Day(R) and as a lifestyle with these suggestions.
- Embrace technology. It’s hard for many people, parents and children alike, to go an hour without being on the Internet. Families looking to spend more quality time together at the dinner table can now make the most of their time and their budget thanks to E-Mealz.com, a user-friendly online resource that provides a variety of easy and budgeted weekly meal plans, complete with delicious dinner recipes and a corresponding grocery list so you just print and go shopping!
- Be efficient when shopping for groceries. Trips to the grocery store can quickly turn into expensive odysseys for unprepared shoppers. Since time is of the essence for most families, be sure to bring a grocery list along on your next trip to the grocery store. A well-planned list can drastically reduce time and money spent at the store, which only leaves more time for the family and money in your pocket.
- Emphasize the importance of dinner together. Eating dinner together is just as essential to building a strong family as healthy food is to building a strong body. Dinnertime provides the perfect opportunity for families to converse, connect with and relate to each other on a daily basis.
“Instead of crowding your full plate, we think that families should simplify,” says Jane DeLaney, founder and President of E-Mealz.com. “Making time for a shared meal around the dinner table means more time together … more enjoying, more embracing, more capturing moments, more memories, more eternal perspective, and more reflection. It means more of all the things that truly matter.”
E-Mealz has created a whole week of family-engaging fun activities along with free kid-friendly recipes to expand on the celebration of eating dinner at home with your kids, “brought home” to our collective consciousness by the institution of National Family Day(R). More information about E-Mealz Family Week is available at www.e-mealz.com.
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