What's For Dinner
When school is back in session, things get hectic, however that doesn't mean your family should stop eating dinner together. Studies show that children who sit down to dinner with their families get better grades and have better languages skills as compared to kids who don't have family mealtime often.
Benefits of eating together
More vitamins and minerals
In addition to grades and language skills, numerous other benefits of eating dinner together are essential for kids. According to the Archives of Family Medicine, when families eat together, they eat healthier. Since home-cooked meals are generally more nutritious than their fast food and restaurant counterparts, your kids will get more calcium, fiber, iron and other vitamins when they sit down to the dinner table.
Less likely to be overweight
Kids who eat dinner together with their family consume more fruits and veggies, too. When children eat on their own, they tend to fill up on chicken nuggets, pizza and snack foods. And because it's easier to nosh on unhealthy snacks while watching TV, you should make sure the television is off and your family actually sits down at the table. Children in families who sit down to dinner together are also less likely to be overweight, according to the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
Less likely to do drugs
Columbia University research and other various studies indicates that teenagers are less likely to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol and use drugs when their families eat together regularly as well.
Of course, dinnertime also encourages communication and bonding with parents, and though it can be impossible to eat dinner together every night of the week because of extra-curricular activities and other commitments, you should aim to sit down as a family and eat dinner together at least four times per week.
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