Why You Need Family Meal Time
Many families are scheduled to the max for various reasons. It is hard to sit down and connect with each other. Yet that is just what we need to do more often. According to research:
“Recent studies link regular family dinners with many behaviors that parents pray for: lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy and depression, as well as higher grade-point averages and self-esteem.”
There are many additional benefits to sharing a meal together as well, including lowering the obesity rates and incidents of eating disorders in children.
How Family Meal Time Started in our House
Our oldest daughter, A , is the one who encouraged us to eat together as a family each night.
When I was young, my family ate together every night, extracurricular activities permitting. We talked and laughed together while my dad had the news on quietly (most of the time) in the background. I always assumed this was what most families did and what I would do with my own family.