Four surprising benefits of family dinners
It can be easy for quality family dinners to fall off the priority list amongst busy schedules and days which just don’t seem to contain enough hours. But here are four reasons why it’s worth putting them back onto that list.
3) Students who do not regularly eat with their parents are significantly more likely to be truant at school. A study of more than half a million students across 65 countries and economies reported that almost one in five children surveyed (18%) had skipped at least one class in the past fortnight. However, when parents and teachers helped nurture a student’s engagement with school, they were more likely to choose to attend classes.
4) Children who eat dinner together with the family are more likely to develop healthy eating habits. Research suggests that children who had regular family dinners when they were younger, ate more fruit and vegetables later in life. For parents, one way of positively influencing a child’s habits is to find a balance between being responsive to their preferences, giving them control of what they eat, and guiding them towards healthy dinner options.
The word ‘families’ doesn’t have to always mean mum, dad, and kids. It may also be mum and daughter; dad and son; grandpa, grandpa’s carer and grand-daughter; two mums; or even just a siblings’ catch-up. While dinner time may just feel like just another task to tick off the busy day’s to-do list, why not try to make it something you can all enjoy.
Being part of a family means being part of a team. Like great teams, families are at their best when they connect, communicate and support each other.