The Whole Family Was Present At The Dinner Table Last Night

We all know that families should eat together, but sometimes it’s tough to find the time. Work, school, sports practices and other obligations all seem to get in the way. But studies show that families who dine at home together are happier and healthier. Whether your family mealtime happens every night or only once a week, in the morning before school or late-night for just dessert,
it’s important to take advantage of whatever opportunity you have to nourish the mind, soul and stomach of everyone at the table. Keep reading for some fresh ideas for planning family meals, keeping everyone healthy, sparking meaningful conversations and taking the stress out of the family table.
Why It Matters
In the United States about 70 percent of meals are consumed outside the home, and about 20 percent are eaten in the car. About half of American families rarely have family dinner, according to The Family Dinner Project at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Decades of research have shown that children who regularly eat dinner with their families at home do better on a number of health measures. When kids eat with their parents, they are more likely to have:

The Whole Family Was Present At The Dinner Table Last Night
More fruits and vegetables and drink less soda.
Lower rates of obesity as both children and adults.
Higher self-esteem and a more positive outlook.
Lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, school behavioral problems and depression.
Better body image and fewer eating disorders.
Better grades, higher reading scores and better vocabulary

The Whole Family Was Present At The Dinner Table Last Night

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