Growing up, family meals were something that were only experienced during major holidays. You know, Easter, Thanksgiving and of course Christmas. Since I didn’t know any better, I never felt like I was missing out on anything.
Fast forward about 15 years and it’s now one of the things I cherish most.
With kids of our own now, my husband and I make it a priority to have dinner together each night. With schedules that get busier as our kids get older, dinner time is sometimes the only quality time we have together during the week.
It’s a great time for us to catch up on each others days. Whether we are at the table or in the car on our way to soccer, we always go around giving each person an opportunity to say one good and bad thing that happened that day. This was extremely important when our oldest daughters were still at home. It gave them the chance to proudly tell us about their accomplishments and get something off their chest, whether it was about school, their friends or something else, they had our undivided attention.
This was nourishing to all of us mentally. We could decompress from our day, learn new things about each other, or even just celebrate in others accomplishments.
Now, that I am trying to lead a healthier life which includes eating better and exercising, we have started spending some of our family quality time on the weekends out of the house.
Oregon is such a beautiful state, my husband and I came to the realization that we wanted our kids to experience more of it. At least once a month we venture somewhere new in our state. This past weekend it was to Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. It may have been raining but we weren’t going to let it spoil our fun. We even included our oldest daughter in on the fun, picking her up on the way.
With so much beauty essentially in our backyard we would be crazy not to get out and enjoy it. Now I will admit that we didn’t make it to the top of the falls. That hike was just a little too ambitious for this soon to be not fatty the kids. It’s a mile up and a pretty steep grade. But we did have fun just making it to the second view point.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about the other trips we have planned to spend our quality time nourishing our body. Trips that include the Wildlife Safari and the Oregon Vortex.
Really, when you think about it, it wouldn’t be quality time if it didn’t nourish your mind and body. That time spent together makes you forget about all your troubles and all the love you give and get in return replenishes your body better than any exercise.
That being said, how do you use quality time with your children to ensure the best nourishment for body and mind?