Mealtimes are a great chance to spend time together as a family

In his farewell address to the nation, President Ronald Reagan declared, “All great change in America begins at the dinner table. So tomorrow night in the kitchen, I hope the talking begins.” Barack Obama has a strict rule in The White House, at 6:30pm each night he stops work (albeit sometimes temporarily) and enjoys his evening meal with his family. Meal times are a great time for families to get together, share stories of the day and spend quality time with each other. Life is busy and it’s often difficult to get everyone in the same place at the same time, but whenever you can, try to all sit down and eat together, it will do wonders for your families relationships and your children’s social skills. We’ve developed some top tips to help you and your family to get the most out of meal times. Every meal is an opportunity to bond We understand how busy we all are today, so eating your evening meal together might not always be possible. But you can eat any meal together, not just dinner. Why not try to eat breakfast together before everyone sets off for the day, start the day with a positive feeling and a sense of belonging. Get everyone involved  If you can, try to get everyone involved in the preparation. Perhaps the children can lay the table, chop vegetables, or put the dishes in the dishwasher afterwards. Make everyone feel that they have a part to play in the family dinner. Technology free zone Turn off the TV, the mobile phones, tablets and games consoles. Sit together at...