There is something almost nostalgic about the concept of the family dinner. It’s something baked into primetime television, and yet, in our fast-paced lives, lost on the modern family. Yet cooking and eating together, as a family, is more than just a homage to tradition. It’s a unity-building exercise, a bonding experience, and most importantly, it will stay in your children’s memories for years to come. It's something we've written about before; how cooking together is a family investment.

A research aggregate completed by the Cornell University School of Human Ecology noted that a family dinner is linked to a 35% lower chance of children developing an eating disorder. On top of this, children who partake in family meals are 24% more likely to be eating healthy and well-balanced meals, and they are 12% less likely to be overweight.

Yet, there are more than just nutritional benefits to the family dinner. As you may have guessed, the true nourishment is in the conversations and interactions your family has cooking, eating, and cleaning together. Researchers from the University of Florida point outthat children who take part in family dinners are more likely to respect boundaries set by parents, and are less likely to engage in high risk behavior. It’s common sense that the family dinner is a cohesive must-have for the modern Canadian family.

Many parents might suggest they don’t have time for the family dinner, their kids are too busy with other activities and schedules don’t align. That’s why we have some simple suggestions to make sure you cement the family dinner into your schedules. Pick two or three days a week that can be set-aside as family nights, and plan what you’ll cook for those nights. With just a little extra effort on the backend, the dividends you’ll pay towards your family will last a lifetime.

- The Turtle Valley Bison Family


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