As a family of six, it isn’t always easy getting everyone together to share a meal. Especially during the school year where work schedules, school schedules, and activities keep us apart. On the days that we have Caleb and Kyleigh, Charley will pick them up after school/activities, and will get home a little after 6pm. If I’m lucky, I will have dinner ready by then and we can all sit down and eat together. This is best-case scenario, of course, but something that we really strive for, especially being a blended family. Since we only have Caleb and Kyleigh half of the time, the time that they are here becomes very precious. So when we do manage to all sit down together as a family, and enjoy a meal, unplugged, it means so much to all of us.
Did you know that there are significant social and health benefits to eating together? This video discusses these benefits – from lower obesity levels and lower substance abuse rates to more positive relationships and happier and more secure children. These facts really speak to me as a mother and stepmother. Our children range in age from 12 years old all the way down to 16 months, so honestly, I, like most of you, need to be concerned with all of these factors. And if doing something like sitting down together with my family, something I already love doing, could positively impact my children’s lives, why wouldn’t I make every possible effort to make this happen?
This is why my family and I are joining the Billion Family Dinners Challenge, and I’m urging YOU to join me! The goal is to track at least 10 meals in 2 weeks. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Download the DinnerCall app and start tracking your family dinners. “Family” is defined as two or more people (not necessarily related – friend dinners count!) sharing a meal while fully present (unplugged!). The meal shared can be breakfast, lunch, brunch, snacks, or dinner!
3. Check out The Billion Family Dinners Challenge website here for inspiration!
Let’s do this together in an effort to not only positively impact our own family, but society as a whole! Remember, the challenge is simple – sit down to 10 family meals in the next 2 weeks. We can do this!