Family dinners

Eating together as a family multiple times a week has been correlated with better nutritional health in children.  There is a reduction in the risk of obesity, eating unhealthy foods, and disordered eating.

Lisa Catherine Harper writes about a balancing act in her lovely essay: I believe in Family Dinners. We Just Don’t Achieve It Very Often.  I really appreciated this piece from Motherlode.  I think it gives parents the strength to strive for the “ideal” but permission to do it the way each family’s reality allows.

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What are some strategies that you use to help make family dinners happen?

Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics for Hassle Free Meals and from the Canadian Pediatric Society on Healthy Eating for Children.



Categories: Ask A Pediatrician, Diet Handouts, Nutrition, Parenting

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