Family Bonding – For Life and Success

It’s an indescribable feeling you get, and I will try to describe it the best way I can. Once you experience it
first hand, you will agree, there is nothing like it. It is priceless, that no one could ever afford to take away from you.

Bonding is not just an immediate family word, it is something that makes us all family in one world united. It is a feeling, so deep inside you, that you just can’t wait to bond more. The importance of family bonding is the trust and the sense of belonging. It is unforgettable. It is heaven on earth. It is peace. It is family connections. It is Laughter. It is FAMILY LOVE!

This is why family bonding is so important, to save the ones we love from taking the wrong path. Saving the ones we love from others taking the wrong path.

At the Family Table

(Image Source: ezinearticles.com)The dinner table can be a great place for family bonding. Many people don’t make use of the kitchen table and family meals together as they did in the past. We live in such a hustle and bustle society that all too often, families are running in different directions instead of spending time together as they should be.

The family dinner table can be one of the most important places in your home. You can share this special family time together each day, for at least one meal if not for all three meals of the day.

Research has shown that kids from families who eat together do better in school as well as other areas of their lives. They are more confident in who they are and they tend to have more confidence. Such a small thing can make such a big difference in the lives of your kids.

If you’re unsure of how you can talk to your kids about their day at the dinner table, there are some great tips to help you. For example, ask your children how they feel about certain current events or things in the news.

If you can’t squeeze it all in during dinner, hang around for a while after dinner or clean up together and chat. Ask for your child’s opinions. This is a great way to show that you trust your child and their opinions. Share some parts of your day (but don’t vent). Your child shouldn’t be a sound-board for your feelings and emotions of the day.

Ask about where they would like to go on family trips. Give your child the opportunity to share their own feelings and ideas about family trips and activities you can do together. This can be a great conversation starter and can also make your child feel like they are really a part of things that happen in the family.

With these ideas, you can get more from around the dinner table. Make it a priority to have family meals together as often as possible. It will be great for you as well as for your kids, no matter what their age.

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The Family Table – Getting Back to Basics!

We all have memories of childhood dinners (or at least, we should) that were waited for with anticipation; our stomachs growling & the smell of delicious food in the air was more than we could stand! Finally the moment came; we all sat down at the family table and dug in.

How different our lives are today! Busy lives make busy people and quick, easy dinner solutions that may or may not be…well…yummy for the tummy. We pile in the car and go to Mickey D’s or perhaps out for pizza (better yet, just order delivery, don’t have to get up that way) and we end up, night after night, missing out on something we never should have given up in the first place.

Cooking meals and eating, together, at home. At the table.

But…who has time for that? And those cooking shows…sure they look delicious, but those ingredients…where in the heck do you get some of those?? More importantly, what in the heck are those ingredients? They sure don’t carry them at the local small town grocery store, that’s certain. And that’s where I’m going to help you out!

Now I’m not saying you have to sit down, every single night, and eat together at the dinner table with a full 5 course meal in front of you. (Where are you Alice when we need you??) But once or twice a week, for most of us, would be an astounding improvement! Not only would you be getting a higher quality of food & nutrition (unless it’s frozen pizza or something), you would be doing something together. As a family! And that can’t be beat!

Now, if you’re not used to this sort of scenario, don’t be discouraged! You might sit there the first couple of times, just looking at each other. (But I seriously doubt it!) If this happens, don’t worry. Everyone will loosen up. Eventually there will be opinions, stories, (maybe, with kids, arguments from time to time, which musn’t be permitted at the table), but the important thing is you are communicating! And in the end, that’s what being a family is all about!

To get you started, I’ll put down the recipe for what I’m cooking for my family tonight. The ingredients are super simple, common stuff. This takes about 30 minutes or so. And here’s a suggestion – while you’re preparing the tamale pie, let your kids get into the scene and work on a salad. I just buy it in the bag & dump it in a bowl. I like to add a tomato and a cucumber, but I don’t always have them on hand. Maybe add a little grated cheese if you want.

The recipe below is not cut-and-dried, locking you into my own particular recipe. For instance, feel free to make changes to fit your family. Say that nobody, and I mean nobody in your family likes green bell peppers! Then leave it out. Same thing with the onion or olives. If you want low-fat cheese, use that. If you like things low on the spicy rating, leave out the extra garlic & chili powder or at least cut them each back by one teaspoon. Those things are easy little changes you can make to fit your family’s particular tastes.

I hope you enjoy this dish as much as my family does! Leave me a comment and let me know!

TAMALE PIE

1 ½ lbs. ground beef

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

Brown three items above together, then drain excess oil (if there is any).

Now add:

1 can whole kernel corn, drained

1 can chili beans, undrained

8 oz can black olives, drained & chopped

1 pkg taco seasoning

16 oz. can tomato sauce

½ c. water

1 T. chili powder

2 t. garlic powder

Simmer all of it together about 5 minutes. Pour into 9 X 13 pan. Top with:
1 C. grated cheddar cheese (or whatever kind you like; ex: Mexican Blend, etc)

Now mix:

1 pkg jiffy corn muffin mix according to directions. (Takes 1 egg & some milk)

Spread corn bread mixture on top. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until cornbread topping is done. Add a salad & you’re good to go! Enjoy!

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