We typically hear health advice about food that focuses on what to eat and how much. But did you know that with whom you dine is also important? Eating dinner together as a family provides numerous benefits in terms of physical, emotional and relational health.
Studies have shown that in families that regularly eat meals together, kids are less likely to engage in risky and unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, drinking, doing drugs and engaging in premarital sex. Household members of all ages are also at a lower risk for depression.
What's more, kids whose families eat dinner together are more apt to get better grades, and less likely to become overweight or develop eating disorders.
It makes a lot of sense that family meals would offer these advantages. After all, the dinner table isn't just a community trough. It's a place where parents and children can make connections, build relationships, talk about the blessings and challenges of the day, and de-stress. These all offer support and protection against the tensions and negativity that can so often enter our lives.
Sharing meals together is one of the simplest, yet most important things parents can do to help their family thrive. Try it today—and bon appétit!