Originally posted January 2012
Want to help your kids stay off drugs and do better in school? Get cooking Momma! Or pay good money to a take-out joint that does.
Studies have actually shown that the more often families eat together, the less likely kids are to get into trouble…literally they tend not to smoke, drink, do drugs, get depressed, develop eating disorders and consider suicide, and they are much more likely to do well in school.
One study says that kids who eat most often with their parents are 40% more likely to get mainly A’s and B’s in school than kids who have two or fewer family dinners a week.
The chair is an anchor, not a bad anchor like a ball and chain, but a good anchor like the one that keeps your boat close enough to shore but just out of the weeds so that you can swim. Because, if you are anything like me and your foot touches a weed, it’s game over. Weeds and the theme to Jaws, two things that make me a big fan of pools.
Back to anchor…we sit, we eat, we talk. We live and grow together.
The conversation at the table is a window into each other’s lives. We share stories from our day and Lauren asks questions.
“How do people talk with their mouth?”
“Why is my head this size?”
“Why don’t we lick ourselves like dogs?”
And that’s why I make mashed potatoes because Lauren loves them and calls them “mashed-ta-pa-tatoes” and they keep her mouth really busy. Sometimes we just need her mouth to be busy.
I admit, eating together at the table is a struggle for my family. With kids ranging from 7-21 years old living in the house with busy schedules we have a hard time getting us all in the same place at once. But I love it when we do and I’m working on making it happen more often.
What about you? How often do you eat together as a family and what are your thoughts on the subject?
I’m on the “Real Moms of West Michigan” which airs Tuesday mornings at 7:05 AM EST.
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