What is the REAL benefit of family meals?

IMG_3423There are nearly too many benefits to mention!  As a practicing physician and mother of three, I understand the stressors that make family mealtime difficult.  But, there are reasons to fight for more family mealtimes.  There is great impact on the physical and emotional health of kids and teens like

  • helping build vocabulary and conversation skills,
  • teaching others to wait your turn,
  • showing interest in others,
  • gaining a greater sense of safety and belonging,
  • lessening chance of depression
  • raising their self-esteem,
  • decreasing  likelihood of child using drugs, drinking or smoking

The meals do not need to be elaborate.  Try to make meals that everyone likes (or they can open a can of soup).  And, aim to be together for 15-20 minutes to share your days.  This time goes by too fast, enjoy it while you can.

About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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