Spending time with family has many benefits and eating out at a family restaurant is part of spending time together. But, did you know there are five main reasons why families enjoy dining out together?
- Reduces distraction
With technology and social media, it can be hard to get your kids alone at home without distractions. Distractions create a troublesome environment to be able to have meaningful conversations together.
Make it a habit to try and include a family restaurant dining experience once a month, or more if you can afford to and use this time to create a distraction-free environment where you can all interact and converse with each other.
- Encourages change
Dining out allows everyone a chance to be comfortable with change. It’s been said that many children do not like change but getting out of the house and in another environment changes the dynamic. Teach your kids to embrace change, understand new rules, and practice their etiquette when you dine out together.
- Teaches manners
Home is a safe haven for emotions, loud conversations, and blurring the lines with manners. Not in public.
In public it’s important to teach everyone that there are different rules that must be followed including speaking to wait staff with respect, using inside voices, creating discussions that are location-sensitive, and practicing table manners like no elbows on the table or don’t reach other someone else’s plate.
- Communication skills
If you have someone in your family who is relatively shy, keeping them inside does not help them to break through their sky skin. Instead, get them out of the house and encourage them to speak with others. A family restaurant is a great place to do that. Take turns having the sky person speak with the waiter or hostess when needed.