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Home for Dinner by Michael Thompson, Anne K. Fishel

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What’s So Great About Family Dinners?

What the Research Can Tell Us

Over the last two decades, many scientific studies have confirmed what you have known intuitively for a long time: Sitting down to a family meal is good for the brain, the spirit, and the health of all family members.1

Recent studies link frequent family dinners with a host of teenage behaviors that parents pray for: lower rates of substance abuse, pregnancy, and depression, as well as higher grade-point averages and self-esteem.2 Other research has found that dinners are more powerful than reading aloud in building literacy in young children. Family dinners have even been shown to disrupt the cycle of alcoholism from one generation to the next.3 The icing on the cake? Regular ...

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