Eating meals with the family is one of the most important parts of the day. Unfortunately, many families do not take the time to sit down and eat together. Parents often have hectic schedules which make it more convenient to serve food to their children on the go.
Another factor is that many homes do not have a warm and comforting family kitchen table for all members to meet at. Many people tend to neglect their kitchens and focus decoration and furnishing on rooms such as bedrooms. But the kitchen is an area that all the family can enjoy together and adding an attractive kitchen table will transform a family's dining experience for the better.
Sitting down together with the people you love has many benefits. Eating together encourages communication and family bonding. It allows the family to share their news and keep up to date with each other's lives. Taking the time to sit with your children each day sends out a clear message that you value their opinions. It also supports a sense of belonging to the family unit.
The family meal is also a great chance for children to learn appropriate manners and life skills. Families that eat together also tend to have a better diet and parents are able to use this opportunity to encourage children to try a wide variety of new foods. The centre of any kitchen should be a large and attractive table so that you can spend a large part of almost every evening eating, talking, laughing and bonding as a family.
The family meal is also a great opportunity for children to learn about food preparation as well as household skills. When children are served their food alone, it can often seem as though it magically appears out of thin air. When eating communally in the kitchen environment, children can learn to appreciate the effort that goes into cooking and baking. Children and teenagers can be encouraged to help with food preparation as well as simple chores such as loading the dishwasher. The right kitchen environment, with a range of kitchenware easily accessible for the children and a large kitchen table for the family to work together preparing food, will make children more eager to contribute.
A kitchen table is a great way of meeting not only in the evening, but also in the mornings as a family. Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, yet many people rush it, eat on the go or fail to eat at all. A family table encourages people to convene each morning, allowing a positive start to each day.
When looking for new kitchen tables, it is important to select a design that allows for maximum family interaction. Try to find a table that suits your home. If you have traditional furnishings in your house, find a kitchen table to match them. If you plan to have guests over for dinner you may require a table that is extendable. Also consider the shape of your table - square tables are often very popular but round tables can encourage the flow of conversation as all individuals are in close proximity to one another.