Happier Meals

The Unexpected Benefits of Family Dinners

For many baby boomers, family dinners were simply part of their daily routine growing up. But as family time around the dinner table began to decline—by more than 30 percent over the last thirty years—social scientists began to take a serious look at a ritual once taken for granted.

The American College of Pediatricians (ACP) decided to examine a wide range of research studies on the subject. They found evidence of so many benefits for families who had regular meals together that they now recommend that their members encourage parents to partake of the family table. Better family relationships, healthier eating, better grades, and decreased drug and alcohol use by teens are just some of...

 

is the author of the newly-released book, Don’t Let the Culture Raise Your Kids, published by Our Sunday Visitor.  She has been covering family issues for twenty-five years, as a producer for CBS News, a contributor to National Catholic Register, and a Senior Editor for Salvo magazine.  She has written for FoxNews.com, First Things, WORLD magazine, and Touchstone.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #33, Summer 2015 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo33/happier-meals

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