5 Ways to Get Your Family Around the Dinner Table Again


Families who eat together benefit in a ton of ways. For one, sitting down to share meals boosts strengthens relationships. What’s more, research shows that kids who normally eat meals around the table perform better in school and often make better choices, even under peer pressure. They also tend to learn better nutrition habits that transition into their teen years and adulthood. But if you’re like most Americans, you've been eating on the go or on the couch for months—maybe even years. How will you ever get everyone back on board? Don’t worry, there are ways to reboot and gather your family around the dinner table again.


1. Give them a choice


Let family members take turns choosing what's for supper. Allowing them to feel some control and responsibility adds to their enthusiasm and desire to take part.

2. Create theme days

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Believe it or not, kids really do love structure, and knowing that it's "Taco Tuesday" provides them with security and excitement.

3. Assign roles


Everyone has a place in the kitchen. Whether it's setting the table or loading the dishwasher, everyone—from toddler to teen—can do something. Turn setup and cleanup into time spent together.

4. Plan ahead


You can't get away from supper. Grumbling tummies must be fed. Try to pick recipes that say they will take around 30 minutes to prepare. And don't forget to use your crockpot or slow-cooker. While the recipes will take longer to cook, they can be prepped in around 30 minutes and will be hot and ready the second you walk in the door after a long day.