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The Importance of Family Meals

Nov 22, 2011 / Family Time & Vacations     

The benefits of eating together will last long after your meal ends. Do you know why meal time matters? Studies show that families who eat together regularly are less likely to have children who smoke, drink, do drugs, become depressed or develop eating disorders. Their children eat healthier meals, do better in school, and are more likely to delay becoming involved in sexual relationships. Sure, the dinner table is where food is served, but it’s also where conversation is shared, values are conveyed and a sense of belonging is established. Make family meals a priority at your house. For tips on how it’s done, here are 5 ways to maximize family time. And to help yourself get ahead for Thanksgiving and Christmas meal preparations, use iMOM’s make ahead holiday helper guide.



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