There are health benefits in sharing meals. It makes sure everyone eats a balanced and healthy meal. It is a great place to introduce new foods like veggies to kids instead of forcing them to eat all their carrots or sprouts. There are other health benefits of eating together for children. Higher test scores, improved thinking skills and there is a reduction in poor behavior. There was also “a decrease in high-risk behaviors is related to the amount of time spent with family, especially during family dinners,” the University of Florida found. Overall, meals spent together as a family could have a positive impact on self-esteem, values, and cognitive development for youths.