Studies show that children who have family mealtimes at least 3 times per week are 25% more likely to eat healthy foods and 25% less likely to develop an eating disorder.
Here's another one!
Research shows that kids who have family mealtimes 5 times a week 40% of those kids get A's and B's. Teens had decreased substance abuse and made better decisions about peer relationships.
Researchers found that for young children, dinnertime conversation trumps even story time! When you read aloud to your children, it supports language and literacy development, including exposing your child to atypical vocabulary or those words not used in common day-to-day interactions.
This is from @mymunchbug_melaniepotock awesome book Adventures in Veggieland. (Sources are cited there.)
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