As time goes on and everyone gets older and older, it gets rarer and rarer that we have time to be all together. My siblings and I are all involved in extracurricular activities that take up a lot of our free time. Between practices, tournaments, and club meetings it becomes more and more of a challenge for us to bond as a whole family.
Now that I can drive, it is easier for me to take care of tasks I have to do on my own. I no longer get to spend time with my mom in the mornings on our way to Bread Co. or after school on the way to run errands. I think as the people in my family age, we spend less and less time together.
When I was little, I was always around my family. Now, I split up my time between school, family, and friends. Usually, the time spent between these three important things in my life ends up unbalanced. I know that the older I get, the less I will see my family. In two short years, I will be moving away to college. No longer will I even be accounted for when my mom says, “Everyone please be home by 6 tonight, we will be eating together.”
Family dinner sets up a time where I know I can see my whole family, relax, and simply just talk about current events going on in our lives and catch up. It’s good to have time set aside in the week to make sure we are communicating and appreciating how lucky we are to have each other as positive attributes in our lives.
My mom is always the organizer of family dinner. She cooks and determines when we will have a sit down family dinner. Usually we eat dinner together 4-5 times per week. It depends on our weekly schedule but we always take advantage of the time we have together and always try to eat together if possible.
Eating as a family sets up a designated time to be together and ensures that we are not always locking ourselves in our rooms or being glued to our phone/tv/computer screens. Setting up family dinner time affects family life greatly and sets a good example for children that it is always important to set aside time for your family.