The Family Dinner Redux

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Just in case you needed more reasons to have the whole family sit down to eat together, a recent review of studies in Pediatrics will give you three. Children whose families share mealtimes at least three times a week are more likely to be fit, maintain a normal weight and have healthy eating habits than kids whose families do not.

When you add these to the list of other positive impacts to having family meals – such as being less likely to experiment with cigarettes, drugs or alcohol; performing better in school; building stronger family relationships – there is compelling argument for making sure your family sits down together at least a few times a week. How can you make that happen with busy schedules and picky eaters? Here are a few simple strategies: