Just some history for you guys about today’s chair and sitting around the dinner table? Why is it so important?
Well the people at familydinners.org stated that only 59% of families eat together at least five times every week. Now I’m not surprised with that percentage because with the way the economy is and families having to work to get by, gas prices going crazy, a lot of parents have to make money, which means having to work late to make ends meet.
Now, some parents MAKE the time, there are actually many benefits for both children and their parents when it comes to family dinners. Here are three points about the importance of family dinners (from www.familydinners.org) you should keep in mind, next time you wonder whether it’s worth making sure everyone can be in the same place at the same time. Keep in mind that even the first lady and the president make sure the Obama family eats together every night!
Three facts about the importance of family dinners:
- Kids Eat Healthier
- Less Stress for Parents
- Helps Keeps Kids on the Right Track
Kids eat healthier:
During this time, parents can show kids that they are eating healthy too and can be great role models. Studies have shown that children who frequently ate dinner with their families consumed less fried foods and soda, and ate more vegetables and fruits on average.
Less stress for parents:
A Brigham Young University study found that sitting down to a family meal was effective at reducing the strain and tension parents experienced after a day of work. When you need to get your mind off something, good food and conversation is often the cure.
Helps keep kids on the right track:
Would you believe that family dinner conversation could help with this? Kids who eat with their families get better grades, are less likely to try drugs, alcohol and cigarettes, wait longer before consenting to sex, and are more likely to say that their parents feel proud of them. About 9% of teens who eat with their parents do poorly in school, compared to 20% of teens who eat with family less than three times a week.
I wish I can sit here and say that my family sits around the table ALL the time! That’s not the case at all for me. Being military my husband is deployed ALL THE TIME! and I just had a baby so I RARELY cook dinner its left overs and more left overs, but after reading this and doing research, I will start making it a practice in our family!
What about you do you guys practice eating at the table as a family? Also if you are interested in learning more about 10 healthy halloween snacks for your kids check this out: http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/menus/10-healthy-halloween-treats1.htm