Why is family dinner time so important?
However, when we make family time, dinner time in particular, you are making a statement that family time is a priority.According to recent studies, there are significant positive effects of having consistent dinners together as a family:
- Higher self esteems
- Higher self-image
- Higher grade point averages
- Lower rates of substance abuse
- Lower rates of teen pregnancy
- Lower rates depression
- Lower chance of obesity
When everyone sits in different rooms at different times to eat, there are no connections being made.
But when you sit as a family, the message is, “we matter as a family, as a unit, and you are part of it.”Start with whatever you can, even just one day a week. Make it mandatory that everyone has to be there.
And please don’t say there’s no time. It’s up to you to make the time. And when you make the time, your family will be stronger for it.