You know that family meals are important, and the research backs up what you know. Adults who have regular meals eat better, are healthier and are slimmer. Children and adolescents who have regular family meals do better nutritionally, socially, emotionally, academically and with respect to resistance to excess weight gain, drug abuse and early sexual behavior. In fact, family meals have more to do with positive outcome in children than family income, whether the child has one or two parents living in the home, after-school activities, tutors, or church. But today's families are increasingly likely to eat on the run than have meals together, especially as children move through the teen years.
Here are some additional reasons it is important to hold the line with family meals:
For more information, visit Ellyn Satter's Facebook page.
For a young child learning to eat, all foods are new, even those that are very familiar to you. It generally takes children time and repeated neutral exposure to learn to like new food. Neutral exposure is matter-of-factly presenting the food with... read more
One of the consolations of this end of summer, beginning of fall (and school) season is that, in many places, we are entering the full abundance of local harvests. If you've been going to the farmers' market since early summer, then you will ... read more