Today’s lifestyles are busy and active. Family members are often scattered and engaged in a variety of different things. A key goal of Table Telling™ is to encourage families to gather in the home for a meal at least once or twice weekly. There is power behind a sit-down meal with the entire family present at the table. Sharing a meal together is a meaningful and effective approach to start conversations , build trust, promote self-esteem, and bolster social skills. Research indicates that eating together is an essential aspect of family life.
When a family sits down together, children and teens become better at handling the stresses of daily life; better at speaking to others and speaking up for themselves; become more confident in their support system. The following are impactful results gained from regular family meals at the dining table:
According to The National Council on Substance Abuse and Addiction (CASA), eating together as a family allows parents and children to join together emotionally and provides a sense of security for children and teens. This in itself can reduce rates of teen smoking, drinking, and drug use.