Everyone is busy with their own lives. We are busy working, going to school, playing sports, doing art, and chores.
Family mealtime is the reconnection of a family.
There is a science of eating together as a family.
Yes, there is actually a science behind it. With just a simple habit, you can make wonderful changes.
By eating family dinners together, you are helping your child develop language skills, develop patience, learn dexterity by using knives, forks, and spoons, develop social skills in taking turns, and all while enjoying some good old American Mac and Cheese.
Yummy, who doesn’t like Mac and Cheese?
There are 5 scientific reasons why family dinners are important to your child, no matter how old he or she is.
1 – Family dinners combat depression and drug use
A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that kids who regularly enjoyed family meals were less likely to be depressed and less likely to get into drug use.
2 – Family Dinners Improve Grades
The National Center on addiction and substance abuse at Columbia University has done a series of studies on the importance of family meals.
A particular study showed that children who eat with their families less than 3 times a week were 2x as likely to report getting C’s or less in school. On the other hand, children that ate with families 5 to 7 times a week reported mostly A’s and B’s.
So, it’s just a simple habit to improve your child’s grades.
3 – Family Dinners Teach Kids Healthier Meal Choices!
Families that eat together make healthier food choices.
One study reported that those children who eat family dinners are less likely to have fried foods, saturated fats, and eat more fruits and veggies.
4 – Family Dinners Lead to Healthier Kids
Research of the American Nutritional Society showed that children who ate at home with their parents and siblings had a lower body fat index than those who did not.
That is probably due to the fact that home cooking is healthier than eating out at fast food joints, which have a higher calorie count, more saturated fats, and salt.
So family dinner time is just a simple habit to improve the health of your family.
5 – Eating Together Saves Money!
Children don’t care that eating home-cooked meals is less expensive. However, a family of 4 can save around $40.00 per week per person by eating home-cooked meals. Just a simple habit to save some money!
So, to conclude…
If you have family dinner time, you will save money, your children will get better grades, they are not depressed, and stay away from drugs.
The best part is that family dinner time becomes a family tradition.
So, every dinner at the table removes long term chaos in the family. And most importantly, it is a family bonding experience.