Food & Family

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Modern families are the busiest they’ve ever been which makes sitting down together to have a meal together sounds a bit difficult to accomplish. Eating together should be an important part of your family life. Family time is important and there’s no better way to interact with loved ones over a fresh home-cooked meal. This not only brings the family together, but you can also catch up with each other as to what's going on in each other’s life. If possible ditch the technology for that one hour and you will be rewarded with uninterrupted quality time and fun memories.

More than often you hear the most common excuse of there being little to no time to actually prepare home-cooked meals. However, there are great recipes for families to enjoy that take less than an hour or at least 30 minutes to prepare. If you have a bit of extra time, you can also invest in a slow cooker to help you in the kitchen and prepare your ingredients in advance. So what exactly is the excuse? Maybe take turns preparing dinner each day if one member would be busy. There are easy solutions for this particular problem so home cooked meals should not be a problem.

Home-cooked meals also promote a healthier lifestyle which matters because more and more people are opting for healthy eating. If you make your food from scratch, you know exactly what you are putting into your bodies unlike restaurant dishes and prepackaged foods. The best part is you can cook to your own specifications and needs and save a ton of money at the end of each meal.

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It is said that family is the primary and most influential source of education, especially for young children and teens. Although socialization is a lifelong process, it begins at home. Children learn language, customs, norms and values of the family. That is why family time is a crucial part of a child’s life. So how much time should families spend together? The answer varies from family to family as everyone’s situation is different. Families that have younger children tend to spend the most time together because the children need more care and guidance. Families that have teenagers tend to spend less time together because teens naturally want to spend time with their peers.

A healthy family knows how to keep a good balance between “too much” and “not enough” time together. They know how to spend enough time to satisfy all family members and the children usually learn to bring balance in their lives when they see their parents setting aside time for them. However, everyone does not stay young forever.

As everyone grows older and move on with their busy lives. The family relationship tends to be mismatched for these obvious reasons but this does not mean all is lost. It is important to keep familial ties because families tend to support and encourage you to do great things and become a better person of society. There are different types of support that you can receive from your family. Emotional, esteem, network, tangible and informational support. This support means more when you have created that bond with each other and should be cherished.

Let us not forget a great way to bring the entire family together is through food. Whether it's a lunch on the weekends or dinner nights during the week. A happy environment at home is the key to both good physical and mental health.