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I have a big family, and sometimes it feels like we’re going in 50 different directions. In fact, most of the time we are going in at least 25 different directions. Even with busy schedules, I make sure we eat dinner together. It may not happen every night, but it happens most nights. Family dinners are important to me. Here’s why.
During Family Dinners We Talk
This is our time. Sometimes we have 15 minutes between the time my husband gets home from work and one of the children has to go to sports practice. However we sit down, we’re together, and no phones or distractions allowed. This is where we talk about the day, about what happened at school, about what friends are going through, about what makes us happy, about what makes us sad, our favorite jokes, etc.
When we’re all together, and one child says their day was, “fine,” thank goodness for sisters who fill in some more details. Perhaps they needed a little reminder. Family dinner is when we found out a classmate at school was saying unkind things to my daughter, where we discuss what to do in situations such as those, and how we should treat others.
I always say if you want to know what’s going on in your child’s life at school, then go eat lunch with them in the cafeteria. You’ll get a good glimpse of peer dynamics. Well if you want to know what’s going on in our family’s life, come have a meal with us.
Family Dinners Teach About Nutrition
Teaching begins at home. Dinner time is when my kids learn about what foods they should be putting in their bodies. We talk about healthy food and not-so-healthy foods. My example is what they will carry with them when they go off to college or have families of their own.
This busy mom does not always have time to make the perfect homemade meal. Those times are extremely rare. So I need help. Stouffer’s has recently announced its new “Kitchen Cupboard” commitment. This focuses on shortening and simplifying recipes that only include ingredients we recognize and can find at home, like vine-ripened tomatoes, freshly made pasta, and real mozzarella.
My family loves lasagna, but homemade lasagna takes A LOT of time. Time I don’t have. Thanks to Stouffer’s Lasagna with Meat & Sauce, I can pop it in the oven while I get other things done around the house, balance my plate with simple sides, and serve!
To make this work amidst all the chaos, we need easy meals. And seriously, I just pop the lasagna out of the oven in its original container. My kids love fresh green beans, so I quickly sautée them in a pan drizzled with olive oil and add salt and pepper. I also pair it with riced cauliflower. It’s cauliflower! Yup, I just buy frozen riced cauliflower, heat it, and family dinner is ready.
Family Dinners are Important to My Children
Eating together is important to my daughters, so I make an extra effort to make time. Not only are my kids not allowed to have electronics at the table, but the parents aren’t allowed either. Family dinners are a constant, they can rely on them, and they know it’s dedicated family time.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Stouffer’s. The opinions and text are all mine.