Decades ago, families sat at the table for meals as a matter of fact. Our harried lives today don’t leave us much time to enjoy this on a daily basis. But, no matter what’s for dinner, there are unquestionable benefits to regular sit-down family meals. According to an article by Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, president of the Child Mind Institute, children who sit at the table together regularly as a family are less likely to indulge in drugs and alcohol in their teenage years and are more likely to excel academically.
Sitting at the table as a family creates a sense of security in your child. It also helps establish a strong sense of self and stronger family bonds. The food itself is the least important ingredient. The focus is on sharing quality time and conversation, while learning manners and basic etiquette.
TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL SIT-DOWN FAMILY DINNERS