Eating Together as a Family
Many families do not eat any of their meals together. The schedule of everyone in the family just doesn’t make time for it. Kids have after school football, softball, play dates, and is lucky if they get a chance to grab dinner at the drive-thru window. Parents too are often working doubled shifts. We have all become over scheduled…or have we?
This is an interesting read from Parentmap about Family Dinner’s and if they are important anymore to family life. You may read it here.
Research does suggest that eating dinner together as a family unit at least 4 times a week has positive effects on a child’s development. Routine again is key! We believe that it is important to make time to eat together as it provides an opportunity for family members to spend time enjoying good food and each other’s company. Here are some other benefits:
- Children might try new food, including veggies.
- Healthier choice in eating
- Portion control
- Healthy Kids
- Learn table manners
- Do well in school
- Open communication channels
It is important for the general health of the family unit to have downtime. We all seem to be falling short.