Nowadays, it sounds like a luxury for a family to be able to sit down at the table together in order to have family dinner.
Between soccer practice, baseball season, dance class, piano lessons, play dates, and a whole host of other activities and distractions, families are not sitting at the table together as often.
What are the benefits of family dinner?
- teen substance abuse is lower
- healthier eating habits are developed
- teen girls are less likely to contemplate suicide
- it can be a prevention measure to childhood obesity
- adolescents are emotionally healthier
Why do we do it?
- Because we enjoy our time together around the table.
- Because our children are learning proper table manners.
- Because our children are learning how to take the time to sit and eat with us and engage in conversation.
- Because our table has seen lots of laughter and messes.
- Because Brian and I grew up having family dinner, and we want to pass along this great tradition to our own children.
It is a time together that you will not regret.
Studies for my post came from here and here.