Mothers Day

In an age where families are often starved for time, sharing regular family meals gives everyone a fun and enriching opportunity to disconnect from the world and all its pressures and reconnect with one another. And if the notion conjures images of uncomfortably formal dining rooms, awkward family gatherings, or stilted conversation, think again! Whether your family’s style is more formal or relaxed, you favor early meals or late, or you prefer traditional or creative fare, eating together satisfies our human need for nourishment—of body, mind, spirit, and community.

In fact, two decades of research that investigates the positive impact family meal time has on each family member’s overall health and wellness has found that family meals have been linked to fostering a sense of unity and belonging within the family.

  • It strengthens family bonds
  • It builds confidence, self-esteem, and resilience
  • It encourages healthy food choices and attitudes about food
  • It lowers the likelihood of high-risk behaviors
  • It improves academic performance
  • It supports everyone’s physical, mental, and emotional health

Conversation starters are a great way to dig in; or create a basket to stash all the family’s devices during mealtime. Dinner games also offer a fun way to get everyone around your table talking, laughing, and making meaningful connections to last a lifetime.

So gather your family 'round—you’ll be so glad you did.

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