Posted , updated Jun 16, 2005.
Parents are the first and primary teachers of their children. What parents view as important, their children are also likely to view as important. Most families aren’t picture perfect at mealtime, with everyone sitting down at the dinner table to share a meal and time together. Today’s family life is just too busy for some families to make time for such time-honored rituals as mealtime. Families with young children may find the task even more daunting as they try to find foods that young children will eat and the rest of the family will enjoy too.
So, if your life is hectic, how can you begin to change the pace of your life and find time to share a meal? The United States Department of Agriculture, Nibbles for Health Newsletter has some good ideas:
The rituals you begin today with your young children will likely make a lasting impact. A large national study of American teenagers found a strong link between regular family meals and a wide range of positive outcomes: academic success, psychological adjustment, and lower rates of alcohol use, drugs use, early sexual behavior, and suicidal risk. Starting today may help your children succeed in the long run!
Source: Putting Family First by William Doherty & Barbara Carlson. Owl Books, 2002.
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