The Real Benefits of Regular Family Meals (Beyond Good Food)
Family dinners aren't just for the holidays. They actually have benefits far outside of sharing that ham or lamb feast among people you care about.
We all get busy, but making the time pays off with some real benefits. For families with adolescents, a UCLA study, showed shared meal time was associated with reduced depression, reduced substance abuse, and less delinquency. Pass the meatloaf might be more effective than spare the rod and spoil the child. Even if you don't have children, making meal time with the people you care about gives you the opportunity to communicate correctly without distraction or competing interests. Get the kids involved with the meal creation and don't feel bad about doing takeout on occasion.
If you can't make time for a nice meal together more than once or twice a year, then do breakfast
Meal time isn't about eating; it's about sharing with the people you care about most. Hit the link for more info on the research, and some good tips on how to make the most of your family dinner.
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