Lower School News - The Importance of Sitting Down for a Meal

What is one of the most important things you can do with your children? Sit down to eat with them!

*As a reminder, if you have not had a lunch visit yet, we encourage you to contact your guides to schedule one. Please keep in mind that we do not schedule lunch visits after April 30. Muchas gracias!*

After a long day that may include school, work, music lessons, dance practice, gymnastics, and other activities, it can be challenging to bring the family together for dinner. Finding meaningful time to eat together is valuable and has a positive impact on your child's development. Here are some reasons to make family meals a priority:

  • Dinnertime conversation boosts vocabulary! Dining together provides opportunities for conversation to discuss your child's day, allowing him/her to share exciting events or fun experiences and to express opinions. Dinner is the most reliable way for families to connect and find out what’s going on with each other.
  • Family dinners give you as a parent the opportunity to be engaged, and to encourage healthy eating habits for your child. Children who eat regular family dinners also consume more fruits, vegetables, vitamins and micronutrients, as well as fewer fried foods and soft drinks.
  • The dinner atmosphere is also important. Meal time gives your child a sense of security and togetherness, and has a positive impact on children's values and motivation. 
  • Preparing the table and meal together gives children time to transition to dinner time, and gives them the chance to contribute, building skills and self-esteem. Let your child prepare part of the meal and set the table.

Buen provecho!