Family Dinners

family dinners are good for kids

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I both work full time and we’ve hired a local college student to drive our three kids around to their various after-school activities. By the end of the day, we’re all too exhausted to cook, so we each grab a snack or make a sandwich and head off to our rooms—the kids do their homework while my wife and I catch up on email. We’ve talked about how nice it would be to have more meals together as a family, but we never seem to get around to making it happen. Any suggestions?
A: At the risk of stepping on Nike’s toes, just do it. Now. Having meals together as a family may sound kind of like a quaint throwback to some bygone era, it’s actually pretty important. To start with, when families regularly dine together, the kids generally eat better. In one recent study, kids who always eat meals with their family get five servings of fruits and vegetables every day, compared to only 3.3 servings for kids in families that never eat together.
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