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Do you eat family meals?

We try hard to eat at least dinner together most days.

Kids: Emotional Nourishment Eating dinner as a family is good for children's
mental health. In a study of more than 26,000 kids between the ages of 11
and 15, researchers learned that the more often kids ate dinner with their
families, the less likely they were to have emotional or behavioral
problems. Plus, frequent family meals upped kids' emotional well-being and
satisfaction with life and made them more helpful toward others. Source:
Journal of Adolescent Health, April 2013.


Asked by Ballad at 6:07 PM on Jul. 6, 2013 in General Parenting

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  • Yes, we regularly eat together. It's extra-nice to have my school-aged child home days during summer months!

    Studies like the ones on families who share meals together have presented data that, when analyzed together in a comprehensive review of the literature, indicate an underlying common thread which is that parent-child connectedness is a so-called "super-protective factor" when it comes to negative outcomes in adolescence. Whether the study measured family meals, involved fathers, two-parent households, or some other variable, the data indicated that a close, connected relationship with a well-attuned adult is the single strongest indicator that an adolescent will reach adulthood without experiencing teenage pregnancy, sexually-transmitted diseases, depression, anxiety, dropouts, violence, delinquency, drug use/abuse, suicide. Some practices (shared meals) tend to correlate strongly with connection but aren't causative.

    Answer by girlwithC at 8:36 PM on Jul. 6, 2013

  • we sit together to eat at the dining room table for breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 6:11 PM on Jul. 6, 2013

  • Not with everyone's schedule the way it is. Sadly it's rare when we all eat together. I guess we make up for it by spending time together in other ways :)

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 9:34 PM on Jul. 6, 2013

  • Yes, we do. I think it's very important for family communication (so no TV nor radio during mealtimes). It's surprising how much we chat when we eat. We also make sure that we have the TIME to eat.

    Answer by goldpandora at 2:52 AM on Jul. 7, 2013

  • Always dinner, every night and usually breakfast.

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 6:10 PM on Jul. 6, 2013

  • We try to, but my husband works some wacky hours, so it doesn't always happen.

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 6:10 PM on Jul. 6, 2013

  • Yes, we always had dinner together......6 PM!! The kids' friends knew not to call on the phone then

    Answer by silverthreads at 6:15 PM on Jul. 6, 2013

  • Yes. I think more telecommuting jobs should be made possible so that families can be stronger. Plus, it's friendlier to the environment. This is absolutely proven by scientific research, so no matter how much you have to work or how busy you are, try to have at least one meaningful meal with your family a day and talk about what's going on in your lives. Kids resort to delinquency when they get bored or don't feel like they're getting enough attention.

    Answer by hellokittykat at 6:26 PM on Jul. 6, 2013

  • Yes, we eat dinner together every day. I homeschool my kids, so we are together for breakfast and lunch, but for breakfast we all get hungry at different times (my youngest will eat immediately, but I need to wait an hour or so after waking, for example), so we don't generally eat breakfast together. Lunch depends on what we want - some get hungrier than others, so if we aren't eating the same thing or hungry at the same time, we'll eat separately, but if we all want the same thing, then we'll eat together. But dinner is definitely every day.

    I do think eating dinner together helped us when they went to public school. I don't know that the simple fact of dinner together keeps us close now, but I do agree that the time we spend together does help keep us close - we spend our days together, and I definitely feel like I have a closer relationship with my kids because of it.

    Answer by wendythewriter at 9:33 PM on Jul. 6, 2013