My parents are uncompromising when it comes to dining around the table together. It’s either sitting around the table or become victim to the agonizing, relentless torture of becoming grounded. Their way or the highway.
Growing up, I never thought much about it, it was simply one more rule to follow, one more habit to cultivate. In fact, it wasn’t until I began reaching my teenage years that I actualized the fact that not every single parent followed this rule, in fact, many people became weirded out by my parents ‘strict’ parenting. I conversed with my parents about it.
They would have none of it. It was their way or the highway.
And now I thank God more than ever for their ‘strict’ parenting. Sitting around the table with your family is awesome, and I couldn’t imagine any other way to dine, it’s spending time with your family and the valour of it only intensifies over time. In fact here are 3 reasons why family time is so indispensable to us all:
- The Child Is Less Likely To Have Behavioural Problems
Growing up can be stressful, sometimes we feel like it’s inconvenient and the voracity to babble endlessly with someone suddenly creeps into your head. That’s where parents, come in as an embodiment of support and guidance. According to the telegraph “Children whose, parents had split up were 4.53 times more likely to develop emotional problems than those whose mothers and fathers stayed together,’ . Whilst some may not perceive the link, a divorce reflects an already broken home, misunderstanding as a cause of miscommunication; ingredients to cause behavioural problems to the one with no fault: the child.
2. Less Likely To Involve Themselves in Drugs
According to Joseph Califano, founder of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse “America’s drug problem is not going to be solved in courtrooms or legislative hearing rooms by judges and politicians. It will be solved in living rooms and dining rooms and across kitchen tables — by parents and families,”. It’s not the fact that sitting around a table with people around you, which will make you allergic to drugs, it’s the fact that families who emphasize such tradition are habitually stable, both with themselves and the people around them.
3. Increases Academic Performance
Parents who involve themselves with the children’s academic life, reviewing homework, reports, etc have a greater influence than the school they attend. Schools may give you the information needed to do well in school, but parents hone their skills through constant family time.