Family dinners in 2010 – family bonding and healthy eating

January is a great time to start a family tradition. In my family we find it’s so important sit down for a meal together each night or at least a few nights a week.  It’s a great time to talk about what’s going on in each other’s lives.

However, I know for many families, including mine, finding the time can be a challenge, especially as your children get older and have after school activities, homework and even part-time jobs.

But eating together as a family does have it’s benefits. In fact the American Dietetic Association says that when parents sit down with their children, mealtime is more likely to be healthy and balanced. Additionally, studies have found that teens who have frequent family dinners are three-and-a-half times less likely to abuse drugs. And those are just two of many pluses!

So this year (it’s still only January), try to make a family pact to eat together.  I think you’ll find it incredibly rewarding to have that important time to communicate as a family – making each other a priority.

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