We can’t tell you how many times we have been too exhausted to cook and, instead, ordered take-out, eating in the car on our way home. It’s about the convenience factor. Fast food has become a more convenient option and, when you’re exhausted, it’s a pretty attractive option.
With having to run to sports, hectic school and work schedules, and the hustle and bustle of everyday life, eating as a family may seem impossible at times. However, it’s important to make the family meal a priority in your household. Taking time to eat dinner together has numerous benefits for both parents and children. Let’s explore why.
First, Know that Cooking at Home Can Be Convenient Too!
At Bektrom Foods, we prioritize convenience AND family time. Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you’re too busy to sit together as a family. Cooking doesn’t always have to be an elaborate grocery store trip followed by hours of prepping, cooking, and cleaning.
We carry a variety of baking mixes (including protein baking mix line and low sugar baking mix line up), pancake mixes, quick bread, oatmeal packets, deluxe sides, dinner sides, rice and noodle sides, instant potatoes, chicken batters, and protein coatings, spice shakers, and spice grinders. Bektrom Foods offers various dinner entree and side options that are conveniently quick and easy.
Not only that, but we now have an online store that can make grocery planning and shopping even easier. All you have to do is visit our website, add items to your cart, and check out with our secure cart checkout payment options.
4 Benefits of Eating Together as a Family
Did you know that about 30% of families in America eat dinner together regularly? Our goal is to raise that statistic because eating together as a family is so beneficial for everyone. Eating as a family can…
1. Increase Communication
One of the biggest benefits of having dinner as a family is an increase in communication. Regularly communicating with your family encourages support, problem-solving skills, and can help give insights into challenging situations. Keep the family dinner interesting with a list of open-ended questions as conversation topics. Instead of asking, how was school? And getting the typical “Good.” reply, try asking some of these questions:
- If you could meet anyone from the past or present, who would it be? Why?
- When do you feel most proud of who you are?
- What was your favorite part of your day?
- If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
- What is your favorite family tradition we have?
2. Enhance Skills
Cooking enhances math, measuring, and cooking skills. It also encourages direction-following. To carry out a recipe correctly, you have to read each direction carefully, while measuring ingredient amounts. If you’re doubling a recipe, it can help practice fraction addition as well.
3. Improve Connections at the Family Dinner Table
Having family dinner each night provides a higher level of support and trust. Cooking together and eating together gives a better sense of connection and belonging while strengthening family bonds.
4. Raise Self-Esteem
It really is a self-esteem booster, knowing that you made dinner for your family and everyone is enjoying it together. Begin encouraging whoever cooked by saying the phrase, “Good dinner!” each night. It feels great for someone to notice and can give a sense of accomplishment.
Here’s Your Challenge This Week
This week, find three recipes that are quick and convenient. Ones that you know the whole family will enjoy. Ask for help cooking in the kitchen for at least one, if not all of them. Then enjoy your dinners together as a family.
Ask open-ended questions throughout dinner to encourage conversation and connection. The goal is to learn something new about your loved ones this week. And don’t forget to say, “good dinner!” before you leave the table.