Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Importance of a Family Dinner

Family dinners? Who's got the time nowadays?

Studies show only about 1/3 of U.S. families eat dinner together most nights. The time-honored, slow-paced family dinner of past generations now looks more like a frantic pit stop, where family members simply refuel before beginning their evening activities. But consider this: Sitting down at the table together is still one of the best ways for families to grow and stay connected.

Making family dinners a priority is not easy, but the long-term benefits are well worth the effort. The family dinner is such a great way to catch up with your children and your spouse. It can give all family members a chance to share their lives and to receive encouragement and support. Regular family meals also provide children with a much-needed safe haven of stability in a world that is often confusing and utterly demanding.

Take time to make time to sit down at the dinner table with your family. You'll be glad you did.

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