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Benefits of Eating Together as a Family

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Family dinner has become a lost tradition. Nowadays family members eat when they want and whatever they want or they may eat dinner around the television or in their separate bedrooms. Studies show that eating one meal a day together as a family can be highly beneficial.

First, it can help the family to eat a healthy and balanced diet. It is a great way to incorporate fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your family's diet. This will also help you to promote the concept of a healthy body image especially if you have a teenage daughter. You will be able to observe any unhealthy habits that your children may be developing.

Second, it will improve the family communication. This time is ideal for positive parental influence. Parents, use this time to talk to your children about what is happening in their life. Try to ascertain problems that they may be encountering like peer pressure. Do not use this time for disciplining. It will turn this enjoyable time into a time of dread.

I highly encourage you to take this counsel to heart and add it to your family schedule. You will be happy you did. It may take time to make it happen, so don't give up if it is taking time to coordinate. For more tips on parenting, visit the Parenting page on my website. Happy eating! 


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