The Benefits of Family Meals & Five Tips to Make Them Happen

Do you ever wonder if it’s really worth the effort to have a regular family meal? After your hard work in the kitchen, are your children done eating within five minutes of the food hitting the table and begging to leave? If you can relate, know that you’re not alone.

 

In spite of what might feel like a futile effort, the time spent on meals is well worth it. Research has found that more frequent family meals are associated with these 6 benefits for kids:

1) Improved nutrition

2) Lower consumption of sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages

3) Lower risk of being overweight or obese

4) Decreased risk of disordered eating behaviors

5) Improved psychosocial outcomes

6) Higher GPAs

 

Erin shares in her blog post for Natural Mental Health these 5 strategies of making family meals happen:

1) Plan ahead to ease stress

2) Grow, cook and eat together

3) Try, try and try again

4) Show, then tell (model healthy eating behavior)

5) Disconnect to connect

 

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