The Importance of Dinner Together

by Patricia Uribe 10/06/2019

With jobs, school projects, extra-curricular activities, after-school programs, and shopping, most families would rather eat on the run. Swinging through a fast food restaurant on your way to the next thing might be all you can fit in most evenings. But an ever-growing body of evidence points to the fact that shared time at the dinner table, as a family, improves family life, assists in weight control and helps children learn to communicate.

Family dinner also gives an opportunity for teaching moments: those organic times you can instill your values into your children. Here are some benefits that come with eating together.

  • Self-esteem. When the family sits around a table, each person is facing the group. When anyone speaks, the others automatically look at them. So, when your children tell you something at the table, they more often believe that you actually hear them, and you automatically acknowledge it if even simple by your gaze.
  • Sharing food together teaches children to wait their turn, to take portions for themselves while leaving equal portions for other family members, and to make certain everyone gets enough to eat. After all, they can see everyone else's plate, so an empty plate is more evident than when everyone is staring at the television or out the car window.
  • Communication. Because you control the background noise in your home, you can facilitate communication. A noisy restaurant might be difficult for a family member to talk over, but in your own home, you can set the noise level at dinnertime.
  • Eating together more often directly correlates with healthy eating patterns. Home cooked meals often include more vegetables and fruits, and less processed foods that are healthier for all family members.
  • The American College of Pediatricians publishes research that shows family eating time promotes less drug use, smoking, alcohol consumption, and other high-risk behaviors among teens, and less teen depression.
  • In small children, sharing the family table improves language acquisition and development while teens sharing family dinner seven times a week are almost forty percent more likely to receive higher grades in school.

Regularly sharing meals together gives the whole family an opportunity to share in the lives and interests of the other family members. Because the parents make the “rules” at the family table, children and teens (and adults) are less often absorbed in their electronic devices and spend more time actually interacting with other family members. Memories often form around shared times of breaking bread.

About the Author

Patricia Uribe

As the driving force behind the Patricia Uribe Real Estate Team, I have been taking care of my real estate clients throughout Southeast Michigan and surrounding regions for over thirteen years. I have been helping first time home buyers and first-time home sellers work through every step of the buying and selling process to give them the peace of mind and feeling of trust they expect.

When you work with me, you are working with a highly respected and trusted real estate agent that has built a solid reputation throughout the communities I serve. When I work with my clients, I want them to achieve exactly what they want out of selling or buying their home, exceeding all their expectations.

I have built an outstanding reputation within the real estate community by participating in various organizations, being recognized for awards, and completing certifications.

● Over 15 years of professional real estate experience
● Member of the Sterling Heights Chamber of Commerce thru RE/MAX Suburban, Inc.
● Governing Board Member of the Women’s Council of Realtors (Lake Point Chapter) during 2010 and 2011
● Member of the Year for the Women’s Council of Realtors in 2012
● Certified as a Distressed Property Expert
● ABR - Accredited Buyers Representative
● Completed all class requirements for Associate Broker
● 2005-2012, 2014 – RE/MAX Executive’s Club
● 2013, 2015- 2018 – RE/MAX 100 Percent Club
● 2016 – Achieved RE/MAX Hall of Fame status
● Office Mentor since 2015

With years of experience behind me, I can make recommendations based on your personal preferences and the market status and can also provide information about various neighborhoods, as well as other relevant and associated information.

I provide services to individuals in all areas of Macomb County, Oakland County and in surrounding areas.

If you live in or around these areas of Southeast Michigan, give me a call and let me know what you are looking to accomplish with buying or selling your home. As an experienced RE/MAX Realtor, I will help you buy your dream home or sell your current home to allow for the changes in your life. Buying or selling a home can be a stressful time, but I will make sure the process goes smoothly and stress free for you and your family!