By Jessica Domel

This time of year, I have the tendency to look back on my varying educational experiences. I think it’s prompted by the smell of new crayons as I walk through local stores. Or maybe it’s the pictures of kids headed back to school in my social media timelines. Either way, one thing about back-to-school always pops into my mind–busy.

Whether it was rushing my brother to football practice or ensuring I had someone to pick me up from school, this time of year was always busy in our household. With after-school activities, visits to friends and work obligations, I remember my family and I all rushing off into separate directions, hoping and praying that everything got done on time.

I hate to say it, but one thing I don’t really remember was a lot of family time. We were all simply too busy. That changed when I went into high school. I lived near my grandparents, and they insisted that we have family time no matter what was going on.

At the time, it seemed like an inconvenience. Looking back, I cherish the times we all sat around the dinner table, sharing stories from our lives and discussing the future. It taught me that no matter what we’re all dealing with individually, family comes first. We draw strength and encouragement from each other. That really helped me succeed in high school, college and even now in my professional life.

Y’all, the food we eat is just as important as the people we share it with. So why not connect with the people you love? The dining room table is the perfect place. And supper is the perfect time.

So as you make your way through the hustle and bustle of this back-to-school season, take a moment and consider what a “back-to-family” promise could mean for you and your family.