Although my children are young, I have established in my household that it is important to eat a family dinner at the table. I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old, so there isn’t much choice anyways but to sit at the table because it makes clean up easier. However, as they age, I will still enforce eating dinner at the table except during family movie night. So why do I feel like it is important to eat at the table? It’s simple. There are less distractions and it’s healthier.
Apparently, there is research to back me up on this. First of all, I feel like sitting at the table together enhances family bonding. Besides eating, we will be communicating with each other with no distractions. For example, there is no television or Leappad to distract my children. We also have a rule that we generally do not answer the phone while we are eating unless we are expecting a call or possible emergency. I believe this is the one time during the day that we can all sit down, relax, unwind, and focus on each other without other distractions.
According to WebMD, apparently they agree with me. However, they did focus more on the healthy part of eating dinners at home. The more you eat at home opposed to eating out, the more likely you will eat healthier foods. I believe this is true. Being overweight myself, I see what foods I eat when I go out to eat. Let’s don’t forget the kids meals that are served in restaurants. Most of them are awfully unhealthy and loaded with carbs, which is something we are trying to cut back.
Here are just a few benefits for children who eat at the table with the family according to WebMD:
- Everyone eats healthier meals.
- Kids are less likely to become overweight or obese.
- Kids more likely to stay away from cigarettes.
- They’re less likely to drink alcohol.
- They won’t likely try marijuana.
What do you think? Do you agree with these statements? Do you eat at the table for dinner with the family?