Eating meals together as a family is more important than you may believe.
In fact, we believe it is one of the most important gifts you can give a child.
By connecting over dinner as a family, as little as 3 nights a week, you can positively impact your child's mental health. Studies show that eating together regularly can increase their resilience and self esteem, as well as lower their risk of depression and eating disorders.
All whilst improving their social skills such as their vocabulary, manners and communication.
It is hard to believe, so much is happening over a meal, but it is all true.
Research proves that children who engage in regular family meals together show evidence of the following*:
- Higher self-esteem
- Higher grades :
- Higher vocabulary levels (above just reading)
- Higher levels of resilience
- Lower rates of substance abuse
- Lower rates of teen pregnancy
- Lower rates of depression
- Lower rates of obesity and eating disorders.
The key that opens this list of benefits is the conversation, that is why Around The Table launched our Family Dinner Conversation Cards to help parents make the most out of dinner time.