FOOD is the heart and soul of our lives. Everyone is hungry at the end of the day and everyone needs to have a place to be at dinnertime. The family dinnertime each night helps everyone to be accountable for their day: what happened, where did you go, what took place? And these family connections provide enormous benefits for children. Just look at these findings:
Two researchers at the University of Minnesota investigated the potential benefits of family mealtimes on children and found that families that dine together tend to have healthier, more well-adjusted children. Their studies indicate that the more often children and teens eat with their parents- and the happier, more structured these mealtimes are- the more the children gain these benefits:
BETTER LANGUAGE AND LITERACY
FEWER EATING DISORDERS
FEWER RISKY BEHAVIORS
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University found that compared with teens who dine frequently with their families (5 to 7 dinners a week), teens who have fewer than three family dinners per week are:
TWO AND A HALF TIMES LIKELIER TO SMOKE CIGARETTES.
MORE THAN ONE AND A HALF TIMES LIKELIER TO DRINK ALCOHOL.
ALMOST THREE TIMES LIKELIER TO TRY MARIJUANA.
Says Dr. Harold Koplewicz, director of New York University’s Child Study Center: “Mealtime becomes a way for families to bond. It shows children they have access to a caring adult.”
I think you can’t put a price on the smells and Chemistry that permeate the home at the dinner hour. This is what everyone wants in their home. Harmony and peace and love abound in a house where dinner is being cooked and served. THE FOOD NANNY XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX