Family Dinners Lead to Better Grades

Family Dinners Lead to Better Grades





When I was a child, family dinners would last for hours. It was the one time when, if we were lucky, we could all be together and share the highlights of our day and the things we wish we could forget about it. Now, as an adult with my own children, I look back on those family meals with gratitude and wish my family could find the time to eat together as well. Studies have shown eating dinners as a family results in numerous benefits for teenagers.

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As children get older their schedules get more hectic and they are often bogged down with homework. Eating with the family is a great opportunity to take a moment, even if it is just 15 minutes, to connect with your child and talk to them about what is going on in their lives. In doing this, they know that you, as parents, support them and are there for them if they need someone. Let’s face it, teenagers won’t always tell you what is going on. By spending this quality time together, you will be more sensitive to any changes in your child’s behavior. It is much easier to help your child through something if you notice the signs early on. There is a better chance that they will turn to you instead of their friends, which means you may be able to prevent some bad choices down the road.

Better grades

It doesn’t matter what you eat; it could be cold pizza or takeout, the important thing is that you are all together, making each other a priority. The hassle of clearing schedules and herding your family members into the kitchen for a meal is far outweighed by the benefits from this togetherness. Studies have found that teenagers who have family meals at least five times per week are less likely to suffer from substance abuse issues and are more likely to have better grades.

Prevent eating disorders

Eating disorders are a concern for many American families, especially those with teenage girls. Eating meals as a family will not guarantee that your daughter will not develop an eating disorder but it will help her maintain healthy eating habits and guide her in forming a healthy relationship with food.

Vocabulary

Teenagers aren’t the only people who can benefit greatly from eating together.  Younger children can model social interaction and speech during family mealtimes. Family meals have been found to be more important to vocabulary development in younger children than story time and play. By starting this habit early on in your child’s life, it will simply become part of his or her routine.

Do you eat meals together as a family? How has it affected your children?

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  1. Usually good conversations between parents and children take place during dinners when all family members are gathered. Of course, such conversations make a good impact on child development and may result in better grades. The recent statistics confirms this fact completely. So, don’t miss any opportunity to talk to your kids during a dinner.

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