Make Time To Eat As A Family As Frequently As Possible.
We often hear that there are benefits to sitting down as a family to share a meal, but many people have no idea what those benefits are. As our lives become busier, it has become increasingly more difficult to coordinate our schedules to eat as a family, but it is more important now than it has ever been. Nutritionally, families who eat together tend to develop healthier eating habits, according to an article written by Fatima Ashmore for coreperformance.com. Healthier eating habits translates into less junk food, and more fruits and vegetables during the meal. Developing healthy habits while sitting at the table will often translate into healthier habits away from the table as well.
Nutritional benefits aside, there are countless other benefits. Families that eat meals together can "act as a kind of vaccine, protecting kids from all manner of harm," according to an article from Time Magazine. Please also keep in mind that time at the table should be spent as a family, WITHOUT electronic devices!
Research has shown that when families eat together the children are "less likely to smoke, drink, do drugs, get depressed, develop eating disorders, and consider suicide and the more likely they are to do well in school, delay having sex, eat their vegetables, learn big words, and know which fork to use."
Movement is my Medicine,
Dr. William "Chip" Bleam