We all live busy lives! My daughters’ soccer practice takes up 4 nights a week.
Sometimes it doesn’t seem like there is any choice but to rush through dinner.
Then, I hear the singing and the giggles that often come with dinner time in our house and I am reminded how important family dinner time is.
- You’ll have happier kids
Studies have shown that kids who eat with their families frequently are less likely to get depressed, develop an eating disorder, or engage in premature sex. Dinner time is the perfect time to talk to your kids about what is happening in their lives and connect in a way you can’t when you are on the run.
- It’s better for your waistline
Portion sizes in restaurants are larger than what you need to be full. In fact, The average restaurant meal has as much as 60% more calories than a homemade meal.
- You’ll build healthy habits
A 2000 survey found that the 9- to 14-year-olds who ate dinner with their families most frequently ate more fruits and vegetables and less soda and fried foods.
I’m a big believer in meal planning to help make it easier during the week. I’ve even convinced my hubby to help!