(Inside: Moms, we think it’s just our family at the dinner table, another meal, nothing special, but it’s so much more than that…)
It’s not just dinner.
Moms, we think it’s just dinner, but we forget.
It’s not just noodles, a jar of spaghetti sauce, and a side of broccoli.
Or pizza showing up at our door.
Or chicken sandwiches ordered from a booth.
It’s a place for our family to fill their empty bellies – a mood booster and an energy-giver.
It’s a place to unpack your thoughts and process your day. To be heard and to listen. And for your family to speak truth and encouragement into each other’s lives.
It’s a place to just focus on eating because everyone’s too tired to talk, but it’s your safe place to simply sit and be. The dinner table is a place to belong.
It’s a place for good conversations. And belly laughs. And heated debates. And dumb topics. And intellectual thoughts.
At the end of a busy day, we can quickly throw together/order/pick up something to eat and not think anything more about it. But it’s not just dinner.
It’s a pause in life to soak in the people you love. To refuel your body. To show and receive emotional support. To create and deepen family connections. To nurture a sense of belonging.
Life gets busy and this certainly isn’t going to happen every single night.
But, that rhythm of continually coming back to family meals.
It’s not just dinner.
Want to connect more than over your family at the dinner table? Read more in the “Create Family Connections” series.
We all want to feel connected to our family. I know, I do.
One of my favorite things to do with my family is to create family time. Yes, life gets busy, and no I don’t do this all perfectly (who actually does!?!), but it sure is fun to try.
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.