It’s Easter Sunday and for many families that means anything from church service to egg hunts and definitely lots of good food. The coming together of families over a big meal is a time for laughs, bonding and catching up with what’s going on in the lives of your loved ones. Family dinners shouldn’t be reserved for just holidays or special occasions. Families that eat together on a regular basis form a foundation of open dialogue between the parents and children.

Research suggests that regular family dinners have positive effects on the development of adolescents. Family dinners have been linked to a lower risk of obesity, substance abuse, eating disorders, and an increased chance of graduating from high school.

The conversations had during family dinners are some of the most memorable of times spent with your loved ones. The jokes, lessons and stories told during these gatherings leave lasting impressions on children. We live in a world where everyone is on the go, even when they are at home. Parents cook dinner, make plates for their children and the kids go eat in their rooms. Most time the parents don’t even eat together. Everyone is in their own world and that family connection is lost.

One of the best memories I have from my childhood are the family dinners I had with my loved ones on holidays and special occasions. I always wished they happened more frequently, but I was thankful for the dinners we had. They were so much fun and I never felt more relaxed with speaking to my parents than at these dinners.

People are constantly talking about the breakdown of the Black family, but here is a simply practice that can have positive results.

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  • newgirl

    I believe breakfast should be eaten together, as well

    • JS

      Most definitely!

  • JS

    This is a positive practice with positive results indeed. I’ve learned that (like most positive habits) its best to start as early as you can with the youth, as my children look forward to everyone sitting down, passing blessings, and sharing our daily meals.

    Another important thing I feel (in my opinion) is to not have a television in the area in which you eat, as it can take away from the precious and valuable time with family or a mate. The occasional movie or show if fine, but the goal is communication and connecting. I’m grateful to my Queen for initiating these practices into our household, back when it was just us two.

  • Ms. Information

    My family does and yesterday was a blessing, really good food and music afterwards (sing a longs to Motown and old school R and B)…I thank God for my family everyday.