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Family Meal Time May Be More Important Than You Think


Yes, between the football practice, music lessons and PTA meetings, getting dinner on the table can seem like a daunting task. Even though meal time is often the only real chance families have to connect with each another, it is still tough. Perhaps these other benefits will encourage you to find the time. Potentially reduces eating disorders Researchers pooled data from 17 earlier studies and found that youngsters who joined family members regularly for meals were 24 percent more likely to eat healthy foods than kids who rarely ate with their families. They were also less likely to suffer from eating disorders. (http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2011/05/02/family-meals-keep-kids-slimmer-healthier-study-finds) Often the meals prepared at home are more nutritious. Facilitates Communication and Well-Being Meal times are an opportunity for the family to come together and share the events of the day. This regular pattern of communal dining provides a time for members of the family to connect with each other and acknowledge personal efforts and achievements. Lends to Problem Solving and Conflict Prevention Families that eat together have more opportunities to discuss challenges they are facing and search out solutions from multiple perspectives. Also, research shows that frequent family dinners are associated with lower rates of smoking, drinking, and illegal drug use in pre-teens and teenagers when compared to families that eat together two or fewer times per week. Remember that meal time doesn't have to be dinner, it could also be breakfast. The important thing is that you are together as a family in a positive environment. Be creative. Have night snack time be a sit down affair at the dining room table!

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