One of the more common complaints I hear
from both children
and parents is the lack of quality time each spend together. Children are spending more
and more time on
the Internet, playing video games, and engaging in other activities
isolate them. Parents are often tired and overwhelmed, finding that
time with their kids is just one more thing they have to do. They may believe that
eating out or grabbing
a fast food meal are quick solutions to a busy lifestyle. In reality, eating at home
tends to save time
and calories and contribute to happier families.
Rounding up family for an evening meal can
at times. But
research is showing that
eating as a family has numerous benefits.
For instance, conversations during meal time
allow family members to
bond, learn about each other and remain connected.
Dinner table conversation helps children and
teens talk about their days and gives them opportunities to be heard.
is also suggesting that frequent family dinners are associated with
of pre-teen and teenage smoking, drinking and drug use. Children’s
performance improves when they eat an average of five meals per week
families. Family dinners foster
security, love and a
sense of belonging. So, even as older children’s lives become more
scheduling meals is a must!
Eating at home also has some very
practical benefits. Meals
eaten away from home cost two to four times more than meals prepared at
prepared at home are usually far more
food eaten out,
home-cooked food tends to be less salty and fatty.
Finally, fixing food at home helps to teach
children to prepare their own food. Children who help prepare meals
cooking and teamwork. Even
can help set and clear the table, stir and measure foods and learn
It is time to bring the family back to the
table. And doing so
will bring you and
yours a sense of well-being. Remember,
“The Family Who Eats Together Stays Together!”