Mealtime can often mean chaos in a busy family. Mom or dad may be stuck at work late. The kids may need to be out the door for their sporting event. Smartphones make it even harder to communicate. In the midst of the rush, it can be easy to lose focus on the importance of the people around you, and family life can suffer.

January is National Sunday Supper Month, and it provides the means to squeeze in that important family time amidst the chaos. The beginning of the year is a time for personal changes, and this movement emphasizes a way to bring your family and loved ones back into the fold.

National Sunday Supper Month is a time when families can gather around the table and enjoy a delicious meal together. But the movement is about more than supper. It’s about spending time with family and creating memories that will last from generation to generation, according to the website for the Sunday Supper Movement.

The stated mission for the movement is to create a better future for families by bringing back the tradition of Sunday suppers around the family dinner table. The website even offers recipes designed to help you gather the family.

Sunday Supper Month Emphasizes The Benefits to Eating Together

There are several benefits that families who eat together on a regular basis share.

  • Parents are given another opportunity to serve as role models. It can be something as simple as keeping your smartphone in your pocket, or not having it with you at the table at all.
  • Family meals provide an opportunity to strengthen bonds and build better relationships within the family. They help to create a sense of belonging.
  • People tend to eat slower and talk more when the family joins them at the table. This results in consuming less food.

Try Sunday Meals Together

In a day when we’re all busy and distracted, National Sunday Supper Month is the perfect way to put the focus back on the family. These meals offer a way to create unity. If you decide to gather your family around the dinner table for a Sunday meal, make sure the TV is off and phones are away. You can use this opportunity to strengthen relationships with the people you love most.