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Family Meals: Are they really that important?

posted Sep 11, 2017, 9:56 AM by Tracy Ducker, MS, RDN

We live such busy lives, that finding time to sit down and eat together is challenging. But, research has shown that eating together as a family has lifelong benefits. In fact, children who are part of regular family meals are less likely to use drugs and alcohol at an early age and they benefit from:

·       Better grades

·       Improved nutrition

·       Stronger family relationships

·       Higher self-esteem

Family meals do not have to be a big affair, make time for everyone to eat a quick breakfast together, enlist in everyone's help for dinner (from helping in food prep to setting the table.) When everyone pitches in, meals are prepared quicker. Try making some meals ahead of time so you can heat and serve during the week. Be sure all electronics (phones, t.v., etc.) are off so everyone can focus on the conversation. For conversation starters click here. We all want what is best for our children and having family dinners where everyone can share in the conversation is a great way to find out what your children are doing in and out of school. For more on the importance of Family Meals visit  here.