Food, health, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

Importance of family mealtimes

By Tahera Janoowalla
Life has become very busy. We have too many commitments and not enough time to fulfill them. From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed. Our lives are spent adhering to our various schedules. A family of passing ships en route to various destinations. With maybe only a second to say Hi! Or Bye!

For families spending quality time together has become very difficult in the present day and age.

 

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“Research suggests that having dinner together as a family at least four times a week has positive effects on child development. Family dinners have been linked to a lower risk of obesity, substance abuse, eating disorders, and an increased chance of graduating from school.”

That’s why one meal together is very beneficial for everyone. No matter how hectic the day is. Sitting down to eat together brings you much closer. 

It encourages conversation without the distraction of mobile phones, televisions and laptops. It gives every family member a chance to share their day with each other. To talk  about anything from politics to fashion. 

Not only are you sharing food. You are sharing your problems and your joys. You eat together. You laugh together. You clean up and clear away together. 

It also promotes good eating habits in children. Which they can later carry on into adulthood. An hour or two with the people who matter most to you is a great stress reliever.  It’s that togetherness that really helps in nurturing healthy , long lasting relationships. 

Tahera Janoowalla is a florist and mother of 5. Originally from the U.K, but she loves living in Dar es Salaam. Writing has always been her passion. 

 

 

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