Bring Back Family Dinners and Start Reaping the Benefits

Do you know that if families gathered for a meal every day, like we do on Thanksgiving Day, we would feel more bonded; our children would be good readers; and our teenagers would be happy, motivated and make healthy decisions?

Research shows that families who gather around the table regularly have more cohesion and unity; siblings are more likely to remain close after they have grown and respect and get along with adults.

Children whose families gather around the table regularly and have conversation have better vocabularies; communicate effectively at a young age; and score two to three grade levels higher on standardized reading and language tests.

Families that gather around the table are better able to “keep it together.”  A study relating family eating pattens to kid behavior reported the one overwhelming commonality among teens that don’t get into trouble was they ate with their families an average of five days a week compared to non-adjusted teens who ate with their families three days a week or less.

Let’s make everyday Thanksgiving Day!  Gather around the table with your family every day, give thanks, share a healthy meal and talk about your day!

** This information has been shared with you by Barb Flis, mother of two and creator of Parent Action for Healthy Kids.