Family dinners are alive and well!
A national study found that 71 percent of its participants eat dinner with their family together as often or more today than their families did when they were children.
The news isn't good for restaurants - only THREE percent of families said they eat family meals in a restaurant or fast food chain.
Experts agree that family dinner time is one of the greatest times for parents to really connect with their children. It is at the dinner table when the 'rents can ask their kids what they're thinking or how they're feeling.
At least one expert dietician is very happy with the research results, saying:
"It might feel like the traditional ideal of a family gathered for dinner is only a memory of a bygone era and that today’s families aren’t connected to each other as they are busy running around, texting, and watching TV. The truth is parents are making quality time a priority and are using mealtime to share a moment with their children. In fact, research has shown an association between regular family meals and improved family nutrition and overall well-being. In my experience, families who eat together are happier, healthier, and stronger.”
We definitely think it is good for parents to try to connect with their children as often as possible.
And this is one of the prime opportunities to do so!
What's there to lose???
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