Eat Your Way to a Happy Home
The secret to a happy family
may be as close as the dinner table
Do you want a happier, healthier family? Here’s a simple solution: Eat with your family more often.
Increasingly, researchers are discovering the importance of family mealtimes. Several recent studies have pointed to the same conclusion: Children who eat dinner regularly with their parents are happier and have fewer behavior problems.
American researcher Dr. Blake Bowden conducted one study. He found that young people who have family dinners at least five times a week are less likely to use drugs. They also get depressed less often and do better in school.
Clearly, regular family dinners are important for a child?s development. Why? Because dinnertime offers busy families the precious opportunity to sit down together and talk. The relaxed conversation at the dinner table strengthens family bonds. And those bonds help children develop self-esteem and a sense of belonging.
The quality of family relationships can also impact a person?s long-term health. One study showed that children who enjoy close relationships with their mothers are far less likely to develop serious health problems in midlife.