The Importance of Family Dinners

By: Symone Grady

We've all heard the saying "a family that eats together, stays together." Studies show that there may be some truth to this. "More frequent family dinners are related to fewer emotional and behavioral problems, greater emotional well-being, more trusting and helpful behaviors towards others and higher life satisfaction, "Journal of Adolescent Health" April 2012family-eating-at-the-table-619142_960_720.jpg

Eating together as a family is not just about receiving proper food and nutrition, but it is also about spending quality time with one another, talking , and bonding with one another.  

The dinner table can be the perfect environment for children learn how to conduct conversations, observe and practice good table manners, serve others, listen, solve conflicts, and compromise.

Kids and teens who share family dinners 3 or more times per week:

  • Are less likely to be overweight
  • Are more likely to eat healthy foods
  • Perform better academically
  • Are less likely to engage in risky behaviors (drugs, alcohol, sexual activity)
  • Have better relationships with their parents

While planning and preparing a family meal throughout the week can be a daunting task especially for working parents, try to dedicate three evenings out of the week to family dinner time. 

If you need easy dinner ideas check out our previous blog posts below:

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Recipe

Chicken Sausage Broccoli Pockets

Creamy Chicken Pasta

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