How Eating Regular, In-Home Dinners can Benefit your Family

September 4, 2014 Comments (None)

The iconic image of the typical American family revolves around them sitting around a dinner table together with a warm meal and exchanging stories about their day. However, contrary to this image, only 53 percent of families report that they regularly eat dinner together at home each night.

As the number of moms who help contribute to the family by working a full-time job continues to rise, so does the number of days each week that families report eating out instead of dining in their own homes. When both parents work full-time jobs, they oftentimes come back home around dinnertime exhausted and hungry. Many parents make the decision to dine out instead of eat at home. However, this urge to eat at restaurants often may be hurting the family unit.

Benefits of Eating In-Home Family Dinners
There are many added benefits that come along with eating family dinners at home on a regular basis opposed to dining at restaurants or family members eating separate.

  • Nutrition: Simply put, American portions tend to be large and highly caloric. If a family dines out at a restaurant even on a semi-regular basis, this can negatively impact the nutrition of the familial unit. On average, 9-to 14-year-olds who ate dinner with their families around their own table tended to eat less fried foods, drink less soda and actually ate more fruits and vegetables. Not only does eating around a family’s dinner table instill better eating habits among kids, but family dinners permit “discussions of nutrition [and] provision of healthful foods,” says Matthew W. Gillman, M.D., the survey’s lead researcher and the director of the Obesity Prevention Program at the Harvard Medical School.
  • Familial Bonding: Many kid-friendly restaurant atmospheres tend to be loud. This high noise level doesn’t enable intimate conversations among family members, but rather facilitate more surface-level discussions. When families eat together around their own kitchen table, they are permitted to have more open and honest conversations with one another, allowing for the development of a tighter-knit family unit.
  • Stress Reliever: Working mothers commonly feel pressure to do it all: Work a 9-5, be the primary caregiver for their kids, take care of the home, prepare supper and more. This pressure can add excess stress on a working mom. However, research has found that sitting down to a family meal within their home helps moms reduce tension and stress from long hours at the office.
  • Reduced Risk of Risky Kids: Studies show that children who eat dinner at home on a regular basis are less at risk for practicing riskier behaviors later in their teen or adult years. Children who eat around their family’s dinner table on a regular basis are more likely to stay away from cigarettes, alcohol and illicit drugs.

The Convenience Factor Combatted by Dream Dinners
Eating out can sometimes be more convenient than making a home-cooked meal. Dining out at restaurants saves mothers the hassle and pressures of needing to cook dinner each night for their family, which in reality, can take extensive time and preparation. However, fortunately today there is a happy medium.

Franchise brands like Dream Dinners provide mothers the chance to bring their families together around the dinner table without the need for much hassle. The process is very simple. Dream Dinners provides everything moms need to make at least 12 meals for their families, eliminating the stress of planning and preparing dinners each night. Instead, once a month, mothers goes online to browse offered meals and choose which ones they would like to serve their family. Then, they visit a Dream Dinners location to assemble their meals, which takes about an hour, and they can then bring them home to make at their own convenience. Dream Dinners also provides nutritional and health information for all meals, showing mothers just what they are feeding their families. Yep, it really is that easy!

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