Family Dinners Help Kids
Sharing enjoyable family meals can help kids in the long run. Researchers studied nearly 1,500 children and their families. When the kids were 6 years old, the families were asked to describe whether they ate meals together, how often it happened, and what occurred during the meals, such as conversations and bad or good feelings about the family interactions. When the kids reached age 10, researchers asked parents, teachers, and children themselves about their lifestyle habits, school achievements, and social adjustment. The kids who had experienced more positive family dinners had better physical fitness, were less likely to drink soda, had better social skills, and were less likely to be aggressive—even after researchers took into account factors that might affect a child’s health, such as a mother’s education level or whether she had depression. Set your child up for a better tomorrow by eating regular family dinners.
Source: Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, published online Dec. 14, 2017