Eating as a family has always been a good thing as it promotes solidarity and family values – even before it was outed as scientifically healthy and uplifting by numerous studies. From the simple dinner at home to the occasional meals in the country club homes is Tagaytay, to the always eventful and bountiful caterings here in Manila, Philippines, eating as a family has never been both this meaningful and uplifting than it is now in the age of technology where personal connections are more prone to lessen over time because of the popularity of social media services.
Simply being together with your family is a wonderful thing and that is actually one of the Filipino people’s favorite past times and what better way to celebrate love and life than by eating with your loved ones? Even the daily dinner at home can be made more colorful and that much more meaningful if you spend it with your parents, siblings and if you have them, your own children.
Most Filipino families are starved for affection from one another and meals may be the only time of the day where loved ones can spend the time to reconnect, unwind and relax with one another. It is the only time of the day where we can stop being by ourselves and instead, be with our family, reconnecting and laughing together over a hot delicious meal.
Family dinners have been proven to decrease chances of drug abuse, violence and teenage pregnancy and depression in teens as well as promoting higher grades and stronger confidence and self-esteem. To spend a meal together with family while telling stories and jokes actually help build vocabulary better as well as promoting vitality in children as they grow up.
How often should you eat a meal together as a family is completely up to you but I say eat with your family as much as you can! It never hurts to spend some quality time with your family. I know, it’s hard to make time right now for the little things but it’s the little things that count the most.
While we’re on the subject, I would like to discourage you from eating with your family while watching a movie as the entertainment provided by the TV would conflict with the benefits and pleasures of having a conversation with your family and enjoying your meal with them. Talking about a movie or a book, however, is an entirely different thing as it would promote creativity and children and adults would derive from the pleasure of a healthy discussion among family.
Eating together is important and truth be told, it doesn’t really matter what you eat as long as it’s delicious and made with love. Of course, eating healthy won’t hurt and teaching children the value of eating healthy food at a young age would promote a fit and healthy life style as they grow up. It’s not enough to converse and enjoy bonding with your family but promoting a longer, healthier life by starting with eating healthy is a good first step towards more family downtimes.
So cancel your plans tonight and take a breather. Go home, hug your family and sit down and have a hot, tasty meal with them. It’s the little things that count, you know?
Kimberly Marie Gayeta (Kimmy) is a Communications Degree holder, passionate writer, currently working as a local Public Relations Officer and an online Marketing Representative.
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