9 Reasons Why Family Dinners Matter

Are family meal this important? Well, the answer to that is yes my friends. Very important! Family dinners provide meaningful opportunities for everyone to connect and learn from each other. That dining room table, kitchen table or breakfast nook is a space meant for laughter, conversation, eating, and togetherness. Use it! Take that extra 10 minutes on a Sunday to add it to the schedule, it will make a difference! 

A meal shared with family is far more important than just getting food in you're stomachs, and thanks to GoodNet we can we can find out why:

1. FAMILY DINNERS MEAN BETTER FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Allowing conversation to take place at the dinner table will help the family build a stronger bond with each other. No matter what meal you are enjoying together, you’ll learn to appreciate that opportunity to catch-up with one another.

2. FAMILY MEALS LEAD TO HEALTHIER FOOD CHOICES

Preparing and sharing meals together is a great way to show your children healthy food choices. In a 2000 survey that was conducted of children between the ages of nine to fourteen, showed that kids who ate with their family consumed more fruits and veggies and less junk, such as soda, fried food, and saturated fats. If showing kids to eat healthy is this easy, why wouldn't you have family meals?

3. EATING AS A FAMILY LEADS TO BETTER GRADES

A report by CASA found that children who share meals with their family are more likely to do better in school. Studies have proven that by having parents who ask what’s going on at school will encourage them to do better and handle problems that arise at school in an appropriate manner.

4. FAMILY DINNERS LEAD TO GREATER HAPPINESS

Family meals can bring a sense of love, belonging and security to a child’s life. Research shows that children who eat with their parents regularly are more likely to develop emotionally strength and better metal health. This can also lead to families having less stress and living happier lives. "Less Stress + More Time = Happier Life"

Families need to spare an hour or two away from their busy lives to have a proper meal! Learn to cherish the time you have as a family. Add it to the schedule and watch it bring you close together.