Studies show that parents and children alike think that family meals are important and enjoyable. There are many benefits, both social and health-related, that a family can expect when family mealtimes are part of the regular routine. Aim for sharing at least four family meals per week, which may include other mealtimes besides the dinner meal, and try to include your children in mealtime preparation. Not only will you help them learn useful skills, you’ll help them create memories to last a lifetime.
Make mealtime a positive and pleasant experience by taking time to talk and learn more about your family members each day.Try these family mealtime conversation ideas to help get started:
Brotherson, S. (2009). The Big Benefits of Family Meals. Retrieved from University of South Dakota Extension Website.
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