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  • Benefits of Family Meals

    Eating meals as a family plays a key role in raising high achieving, healthy and well-adjusted children.

    Improved Academic Achievement
      Frequent family meals are linked with being successful in school, including getting better grades and scoring higher on achievement tests.

    Better Nutrition
      Family meals contribute to higher daily intakes of important nutrients like calcium, fiber, iron, vitamins B6 and B12, C and E, and less overall dietary fat.

    Higher Self-Esteem
      Mealtime conversation brings the family together, promotes positive self-esteem in children and starts a lasting and positive relationship with food.

    Making Mealtime Family Time

    Family meals should be dynamic—an exchange of ideas, conversation and feelings. Mealtime is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen family ties and pass on family cultural traditions.

    • Eat together as a family whenever possible.
    • Keep mealtime pleasant—avoid power struggles over what gets eaten, and remember that mealtime is not a time for discipline.
    • Turn off the TV, video games, mobile phones and the computer.
    • Use conversation-starters to get children talking, such as “What is the best thing that happened today at school?