Nuclear families today live in a jet age and it is a rare happening seeing a family eat together. However eating together as a family gives many health benefits that overcompensate for the extra family cash flow.
Families that eat together enjoy better mental and emotional lives. The family spends time together discussing the day’s happenings and are able to help one other feel more relaxed. Also meal times are family times when the family can spend quality time with one another. This also leads to better and stronger family bonds and better understanding in the family. This helps to decrease tension and stress within the family.
Eating together as a family eliminates unnecessary use of foul language and good table manners and etiquette. Every member of the family cultivates the habit of sharing and tolerance. This helps to inculcate the habit of accepting other’s views, thus helping to build better stress management skills.
The other health benefit of a family eating together is that there is no need to reheat the food, which means better nutrition for the family and saving of precious energy charges that could be diverted to serve the nutrition and physical and mental health needs in a better way. The food also tastes better too.
Eating together as a family means cooking food that is common for all. Here one cannot afford to be fussy about what one wants to eat. This is a boon for parents to help their children to cultivate a taste for a diverse range of vegetables, fruits and other foods. Children may be encouraged to taste healthy food and may start eating nutritious and healthy food and enjoy a better health.
Eating together means family time, which means strong family bonds. This means promotion of healthy emotional life as many differences are resolved across the dinner table. Family life is better when the couple along with their children spend some quality time together knowing what is happening in each one’s life and the reasons for their tension and anxiety. This means better understanding in the family.
To end, every family member should consider himself/herself fortunate to have their family to eat together and enjoy better physical, mental and emotional health benefits.