9. Cooking Saves Money
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The financial gain of saving money by cooking increases as restaurant prices have jumped while grocery prices have only increased slightly. Families can discuss money and savings. This also helps to ensure you are meeting any dietary goals you have for your family.
The tradeoff of new activities or purchase choices from money saved brings in an element of planning together and knowing you are all working toward a goal.
Let children shop with you for groceries so they will understand prices of foods and various ingredients. That can help them plan economical meals and understand the value of coupons and sales.
As children get involved in planning meals, they also feel like they have a bigger role in the family. They are doing life together with you.
10. Promote Vibrant Faith
A Barna Group on vibrant family spirituality found that families who prioritize quality family time also prioritize doing faith as a family. These families choose to be intentional in cultivating a good home life and spiritual growth. They weave faith into all activities, including family meals.
The dinner conversation easily includes God, prayer, and may also include reading the Bible or discussing the week’s family devotion.
These homes tend to be playful and filled with laughter. That’s why it’s called vibrant faith. Non-school night dinner time may be followed by games, walks, or other pleasant activity.
Such families also tend to be welcoming families where they invite others into the home. People who visit feel accepted and comfortable.
I grew up living near extended family and we were in and out of each other’s homes. We felt welcomed if we dropped by at a mealtime. My mother always had snacks available to share. And a welcoming smile. As a military family, we extended hospitality to our neighbors and our home became a hangout for friends that often included mealtime.
That’s how a vibrant family extends joy and models their faith.
Karen Whiting is a mathematician, author of twenty-six books, mom of five, and grandmother. She loves to cook and open her home for guests. Her books 52 Weekly Devotions for Families Called to Serve and The Gift of Bread share the joys of faith and food in the home.
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