For years I’ve been working on this blog and for years I’ve been discussing how important it is for us to come together as a family in the kitchen. After being together for 12 years, my husband and I have many great memories that revolve around the dinner table. Not just the food, of course, but the events surrounding those meals. For us cooking is about more than just putting a great dinner on the table. There’s no denying that’s a pretty major aspect of it, though.
What it comes down to is spending time together with our family and creating memories with our children. It’s about making every moment matter, the big ones and the small ones.
We’ve used GE Appliances for years:
…The oven that I used to bake my daughter’s first birthday cake, almost 13 years ago.
…The refrigerator that held her corsage for her first father/daughter dance.
…The meal I was welcomed with when I brought her little sister home for the first time.
Making every moment matter
In the spirit of celebrating all of those great moments and memories, let’s talk about ways 0f making every moment matter and getting more out of life as we reflect on our past and look forward to many great times in our future.
“Laughter is brightest in the place where the food is.” – Irish proverb
Keep a healthy perspective. Did the bowl of flour spill all over the kitchen counter? Do your kids have a habit of getting eggshells in the pancake batter? It’s been said that “sweating the small stuff” is a sure-fire way to increase stress in your life. Keep a healthy perspective on what your children are capable of and expect that things won’t always go exactly as planned.
Actually, I’m certain that things will never go exactly as planned.
Turn off your devices for a little while. Radios, televisions, computer games, iPhones… they are certainly great things to have our lives, but they are distracting. Like all good things, we need to take a break from them. Enjoy spending time with your family without all of the unnecessary distractions.
Sit down for regular meals. You worked hard to create this meal, enjoy yourselves now! Get the whole family together at the dinner table. There’s countless articles outlining the importance of shared meals, some things that you might not even think of: it opens the lines of communication between kids and adults, it fosters better relationships, it raises confidence in children.
Our American Kitchen
GE Appliances has been part of the American home since 1905 and now, a century later, they are launching a documentary series called Our American Kitchen which explores real lives and the common themes that bind us – centered in the heart of the American home: The kitchen. This video is about Ken and Doris Richards and their adopted five children. This family may not be bound by blood, but through the kitchen they’ve discovered a family can be built on love.
Watch the videos at GEappliances.com.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of GE Appliances. The opinions and text are all mine.