family-eating-at-the-table-619142_960_720National Sunday Supper Day is observed annually on the second Sunday in January.

Sunday Supper starts off as one day a week and soon becomes a way of life.  – Sunday Supper Movement

These days families are busy with after-school activities, jobs and homework.  Sunday supper has been a disappearing tradition around the country and the Sunday Supper Movement aims to bring families back together in the kitchen and around the dinner table one Sunday at a time.   National Sunday Supper Day is another step toward this goal.

If you are single and not near your family, you can do so by dining with friends.

Today make a point of getting everyone to dinner sans their mobile devices. Talk with each other. Make plans. Try to separate your Sunday dinner apart by making it special.

1-Eating meals together has the potential to strengthen family bonds as it provides a daily time for the whole family to be together. For younger children, routine family meals can provide a sense of security and a feeling of belonging in the family. Older children and teenagers, too, prefer eating together as a family. In a recent Columbia University study, 71% of teenagers said they consider talking, catching-up, and spending time with family members as the best part of family dinners.

2Studies have proven that there’s a significant link between family dinners and academic performance. A report by CASA found that teens who have between five and seven  family dinners per week were twice as likely to report receiving mostly A’s and B’s in school, compared to those teens who have fewer than three family dinners per week. In addition, only 9% of teens who ate frequently with their families did poorly in school, according to the report.

3- Stress will be lessened. If you have a demanding job, finding time to eat with your family may actually leave you feeling less stressed. In 2008, researchers at Brigham Young University conducted a study of IBM employees and found that sitting down to a family meal helped working moms reduce the tension and strain from long hours at the office.

Enjoy your meal today!

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