The simple act of eating together as a family provides great benefits for your children.  Research shows that children, who regularly eat meals with their families, do better in school, are less likely to become involved with alcohol or substances, are less likely to be obese, and are healthier than youth who do not enjoy meals with family.

Eating together as a family does not have to be an ordeal – you can order in, eat out, or cook together at home.  Summer is a great time to cook together – grilling out is easy and fun!  Burgers … hot dogs and brats … chicken on the grill all make for a delicious summer meal.  Fresh vegetables, like corn on the cob and asparagus, and fresh fruits, like pineapple can be placed on the grill along with meats.

Conversation is an important of family dinners … you might try these conversation starters:

  • What is your favorite summertime activity?
  • If you could take a vacation, where would you like to go and why?