It is significantly less common for families to eat meals together now than it was a few decades ago. In her article, “A Family That Eats Together…Stays Together,” University of Tennessee’s Sarah Ransom points to an increasingly independent culture as a reason that families dine separately which can lead individuals, especially children, to feeling of isolated. Reintroducing family meals can provide a healthy, fun, and nurturing environment that can reduce feelings of isolation and provide many other benefits as well! Eating as a family has been linked to:
Some barriers to family meals may be easier to overcome than you think. Consider the following tips for creating a healthy mealtime environment at home.
The benefits of eating together as a family outweigh the troubles of preparing a meal. Family meals can help children become developmentally stable, ready to learn and develop healthy relationships, not to mention have better nutrition and healthier eating habits.
Katherine Baildon, Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs
Ransom, Sarah, “A Family that Eats Together…Stays Together.” University of Tennessee Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences Family Ties Newsletter.