With conflicting work schedules and after school activities its no wonder many families no longer have family dinners together at the dining room table. Yet studies show that family dinners are an important part of healthy living.
When families eat together they tend to eat fewer fried foods, soda and foods with trans fats. When younger children frequently eat dinner at the table with their families they are less likely to be overweight than other children as well. Obesity is a serious concern because nearly 1 in 5 children aged 6-9 in the United States are overweight. That puts them at higher risk for many health problems when they get older.
Family dinners are also very important as your child reaches their teen age years. One of the most effective ways for parents to be engaged in their teens’ lives is be having frequent family dinners.
CASA recently reported on a national phone survey of 1,000 teens and 829 parents of teens. Eating dinner as a family helped kids in many ways. It helped them get better grades, and kept them away from cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana, and more. CASA recently reported on a national phone survey of 1,000 teens and 830 parents of teens. Eating dinner as a family helped kids get better grades and kept them away from cigarettes, alcohol and drugs.
In case the examples above weren’t reason enough, here are a few more reasons to eat dinner as a family.
- Everyone eats healthier meals.
- Friends won’t likely abuse prescription drugs.
- You and your kids will talk more.
- You’ll be more likely to hear about a serious problem.
- Kids will feel like you’re proud of them.
- There will be less stress and tension at home.