Posted on: 27 September 2019
Spending time with your family is important. Fitting in time to spend with your family can be challenging, which is why you need to make the most of any family time that you have together. Meal time is one of the few periods of the day where you can come together and bond. This weekend, consider going out and sharing a nice meal at your favorite restaurant with your family.
Reason #1: No Prep or Clean-Up Required
One of the best parts about eating out is that the cook in your family will not be running around preparing food and spending an hour getting the meal together. No one has to get up from the table to grab the salad or put a finishing touch on a dish. You don't have to get up and remove the dishes.
Instead, you and your family get to spend the time that one person would usually spend preparing the food sitting at a table talking and connecting with one another while someone else prepares the food. This gives the cook in your family a night off, which gives everyone more time to talk.
Reason #2: Learn Table Manners
Next, it can be hard to reinforce table manners at home. When you go out to dinner at a restaurant, it can be easier to set an expectation that table manners will be followed. It gives you an opportunity to teach your kids how to behave when they go to different types of restaurants and to other people's homes. Going out to eat allows you to model appropriate public behavior.
Reason #3: It's Fun to Explore New Foods Together
Going out to eat allows your family to explore new food together. You can share a new appetizer together and talk about what you think of it. You can order dishes for everyone to try and sample. Trying new food, or just being surprised by food that was bigger or larger or different than you expected, provides bonding moments for your family.
Reason #4: Time to Connect
Most importantly, going out to eat gives your family time to connect in a different environment. It gives you time to slow down and really focus on one another, without other distractions.
This weekend, take your family out to a restaurant for a meal. Enjoy the extra time together where no one is worrying about preparing or cleaning up the meal. Take the time to connect and catch up with one another. Share new experiences together, and teach your kids appropriate restaurant table manners.Share