2014年11月8日托福独立写作题目：Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: It is important for families to have meals together regularly. 家人经常聚餐变得越来越重要了了，是否认同?
When we gather together, it is not rare to see family members talk, laugh and even sing during the meal time. Accordingly, it is obvious that family meal plays a major role in our life, which means that it is important for families to regularly eat their meals together.
Usually, family meal provides a good chance for family members to communicate with each other. Every people have lots of works to do in a day, and they choose their rest time differently .Therefore, meal time can be the only opportunity for them to talk , during the meal time people share their happiness with each other and attain solutions to their confusion as well, which significantly functions in family meal . Here is my experience that perfectly match my point of view: Last month , I failed in my math test which I am really good at and I felt depressed . For a long I suffer from my bad mood until my father figure that there something wrong with me and set up a family meal. During the meal I decided to my parents what I had went through, and they told me that they would always be proud of me. Thanks to their encourage word, I recovered soon. From this example, I learned that having meal together is important, especially for family.
On the other hand, spending time on regular family meal can also make cement the relationship between family members. If we look deeper, we may find that communication is the essence of family meal. Like what I point, family meal provides a good chance for family members to communicate with each other. It make one know that family is what he entirely care about so that he will try his to make contribution to it and cherish it . To someone who is not able to accompany their family, having meal together becomes more vital.
In summary, I definitely support the idea that it is important for families to regularly eat their meals together. Not only because it make the family more connected. More importantly, because it also makes people know it is family that they should cherish and devote .
In the 21st century, there has been dramatic improvement in diverse aspects of people’s lives. However, people are becoming increasingly busy and sometimes are overwhelmed by endless work or study. As a result, less time is devoted into families and people no longer have meals regularly with family members. In my opinion, this is totally mistaken and it is significant for people to eat with family members regularly despite of the change of time. My reasons are as follows.
To begin with, for parents, having regular meals with children can promote parental relationship. Due to people’s busy daily schedules, parents and children tend to have less conversation nowadays. Children spend most of their time learning in school and playing with peers; adults are occupied with their work and socializing with colleagues. The importance of having family meals is ignored. People forget that time spend at the table can be meaningful. For example, parents can discover the problems that their children struggle with. They can provide guidance or inspire children to find out solution by giving them some nice tips. In this way, children can feel the care and love from parents and parents can know about children’s thoughts. It brings mutual benefits.
In addition, for couples, having regular meals can strengthen partners’ relationship. Common sense tells us that as time goes by, passion between lovers decreases. The lack of communication can also result in marriage problems or even serious crises. By spending some quality time with our beloved companion at meal table we can listen and understand each other better. Ensuring at least one meal with our partners a day shows one’s care and how much we value the other person in spite of the busy schedule. Willing to make time for someone is a great way to demonstrate love.
Lastly, for children, it is of great significance to have regular meals with our aging parents. Young people today are busy with their own work and personal life and they often neglect the feelings of the elders. Some may give money regularly to the elder instead of going home to accompany them because they think financial means is a good way to show their love and care. However, according to a survey conducted by Beijing Normal University, after polling tens of thousands of old people, the top priority of their wishes is expecting their sons and daughters to go home regularly and have regular meals with them. The survey also indicates that the elders who are regularly accompanied by their family members tend to live longer and happier.
All in all, considering the essential role that regular eating with families plays on children, companion and the elder, I insist that it is still of great importance for people to eat with families regularly nowadays.