Eating as a family is an important practice for many reasons. When people talk about the family dinner, they usually refer to home-cooked meals. However, with the way restaurant menus look today, you can eat a healthy meal as a family even when you’re not at home. Lord Hardwicke’s, for example, offers many different options with their meals and we cater for vegetarians, vegans, diabetics, etc. So, have a look at these reasons why eating as a family is important and book your dinner with us today.
- Communication – Eating together means that conversation happens. Everyone can catch up on how their day went, what new things are happening at school or work, and what projects they are busy with. It is also an opportunity to plan family vacations, reminisce and just generally bond.
- Well-being – When a family eats together, it fosters warmth and security. It gives the family a sense of love and belonging and strengthens resolve and confidence. Eating as a family can be fantastic to instil confidence in your kids and it is a great way to check up and check in and make sure that everything is still okay with them.
- Table manners – This is especially the case for younger children. Family meals teach children what the correct and acceptable table manners are. This is something that is specifically applicable to eating in a restaurant. There may still be some things that can slide at home, but at a restaurant etiquette and the right table manners are very important.
- New foods – Children especially need to be exposed to different foods as they get older. It is best to introduce new foods along with their favorites. Restaurant family meals are great for trying new things that they haven’t eaten before. You can make a game of it and say everyone must order something they haven’t eaten before and the person with the best dish, wins something.
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Family meals are fun, creates a great environment for bonding and building important skills, and it also makes sure that there is a sense of belonging. Make family meals a tradition.