The most important part of the holiday meal is not the turkey, stuffing and pie; it’s spending time with your family. Sitting down together at the dinner table this holiday season is a wonderful way to strengthen the family bond and create lasting memories.
In addition to building a stronger family, studies show that time spent around the dinner table has significant benefits for children and teens’ health. It can:
• Improve their self-esteem
• Increase their intake of fruits and vegetables so they get the nutrients their growing bodies need
• Teach them to enjoy a variety of foods
• Reduce the risk for eating disorders, especially among adolescent girls
• Lead to better grades
• Make them less likely to smoke, drink, or use drugs
Think that your kids might not appreciate time at the table? Think again. In a survey of more than 900 adolescents, 63 percent said that eating together as a family is important and 64 percent agreed that sharing meals brings their family closer together.