Sometimes it may seem impossible to have family meals together with school starting, long work days and all of the extra curricular activities happening. Studies show how beneficial eating together as a family really is. Try to set aside some time to have at least one or two meals together a week.
Studies also show that children who eat dinner with their families regularly are less likely to get involved with drugs and alcohol than those who do not. These children tend to get better grades, experience less stress and overall eat healthier.
Another strong benefit of family dinners is getting to talk to your children about their day and visiting about everyday life. Joeseph Califno Jr., Chairman and president of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) states, “One of the simplest and most effective ways for parents to be engaged in their teens’ lives is by having frequent family dinners.”
Try and stay away from the television, phone and computers when having a family dinner. Remember it’s not always what you are making for dinner, it’s the time and that special quality conversations you have with your children that will make them feel special, important and most importantly, loved!
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