The benefits from sitting down to meals as a family are so compelling that I hope you think about making this a reality. Family meals have become a lost tradition in our culture. It is too easy to allow busy schedules to dictate our day, but making time for meals is definitely worth the effort.
Family meals will:
Decrease teen risk of psychosocial problems– drug use, alcohol use, risky sexual behavior, suicidal intention and early sexual behavior. Allow kids to eat healthier and have better nutrition.
Bring a sense of emotional connection among family members.
That are no stress zones create a relaxed atmosphere for great conversation and catch up on daily activities.
Provide a routine that help kids thrive.
Increase the chance of kids getting their fruits and vegetable servings needed for healthy development.
Are the single strongest predictor of better academic achievement (University of Michigan study).
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