With busy schedules becoming the norm, it is often easy to run out and grab food. Many families also find it easier to let their children eat dinner wherever they please whether that be on the couch or in their bedrooms. However, the family dinner table ritual is more important for your family’s physical and mental health than you may believe. Here is the importance of eating dinner together as a family.
Slowing Down and Being Present
There is something about sitting down at the dinner table without cellphones that creates a sense of presence.
A study by Pediatrics, found that kids who eat with their families at the table were less likely to get into drug use.
According to research from the American Society For Nutrition, children who ate at home had a lower body-mass index than those who did not.
Students who ate together as a family 5 to 7 times per week did much better with their grades reporting mostly As and Bs.
Research indicates that families who eat dinner together feel a stronger bond.
A family of 4 could save nearly $40 a week per person by simple eating at home instead of at restaurants.
Slowing down to enjoy your food can actually make you full faster and significantly decrease your portion size.