This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla, but opinions are my own.
Family time during the week is sometimes rare or in small amounts. During our busy week dinnertime is the only time we slow down enough to have a conversation that doesn't envelope rushing to get somewhere. We can talk about out day and the things we've experienced while we were away for the day. We reconnect as a family and leave the door open for our kids to talk about anything they want. It normally involves what my oldest learned at school, any upcoming things we have planned or whether or not they get dessert. A time that we are thankful that we have food on our table. Barilla has partnered with Feeding America to start the Share the Table campaign.
Feeding America is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to fighting domestic hunger through a network of food banks, and Barilla supports that goal.
Despite being together at the table we have to remember sometimes to “check out” of our technology and check into the conversation. This keeps us connected to one another. Just like the texting while driving slogan, it can wait. Meals where families are connected can bring a positive change to the household. Both parents and kids alike experience overall life satisfaction and increased emotional benefits when they share the table together. Kids benefit from better grades (49% report mostly A’s) and healthier habits (such as eating nutritious foods, 33%) and describe themselves as respectful (75%), happy (70%), rule followers (66%), confident (58%), independent (56%) and hardworking (52%). Adults have more feelings of happiness (65%), and are less likely to have feelings of stress (65%).
I love the bonding we get from sharing our meals together also. Breakfast and Lunch are spent away from each other, leaving dinnertime the only time for all of us to be under the same roof and at the table at the same time. It's family time that doesn't revolve around going to an event and dealing with others. It's a time just for us. We were really bad about family dinnertime a few years ago. I finally put my foot down and said that we no longer would eat in the living room. We were to eat at the table and put our phones away at that. The phones can sometimes appear at the table when deadlines or something important pops up but it's something I'm trying to enforce more heavily on myself and my husband.
Since we've been better about sharing the table at dinnertime we've learned to listen to our kids better. We learn about the things they have learned. I've discovered a few things I'm not happy about in regards to some school policies. 🙁 I've learned about how stressful my husbands job has been since he is the only one in the company that does it. Thank goodness he has gotten a new employee so we can go on vacation now. Both my husband and daughter get excited to hear about the things I'm learning now that I'm back in college. We always have something great to discover about the others day.
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For every post using the #ShareTheTable hashtag, Barilla will help provide the monetary equivalent of ten meals ($1.11) to Feeding America, up to one million meals. One dollar helps provide 9 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks. Valid through 4/30/14. For mealtime inspiration visit SharetheTable.com – view the video and learn how you can start sharing the table.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla. For every post using #ShareTheTable from now until 4/30/14, Barilla will donate a monetary equivalent of ten meals ($1.11) to Feeding America®, up to 1 million meals. Barilla will donate a maximum of $110,000. One dollar helps provide 9 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks.