Did you know that the simple act of eating together as a family has remarkable benefits? When families have fun and conversation over a meal, it strengthens family relationships … and this creates many benefits for children. Children who enjoy meals with their family do better academically and they are less likely to engage in high risk behaviors, like smoking, substance use, and violence. Children who regularly eat meals with their families are more likely to eat healthier foods and less likely to be overweight. And, conversation at the dinner table is more beneficial than reading to a child in boosting their vocabulary and helping them to read!
Transitions was recently awarded a grant to promote eating together as a family … as this simple act can be strengthen the bond between children and their families, can boost children’s self-esteems, and can promote healthy habits. Thanks to a grant from the Tracy Family Foundation, we will promote the Family Dinner Project in our work with families and in the community.
Watch our website for more information and tips on how to enjoy meals with your family … good food, fun, and conversation!