The busiest part of the day for parents seems to always be the end of the day. Rushing to pick-up kids, trying to get them home, into the house, eat something, and make it to evening activities can feel like the “real work” of the day.
So how do family meals fit into our fast moving family lives? Lets first look at why eating together as a family is so important. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and an article in the Archives of Family Medicine eating as a family at least three times a week children and teenagers consume more fruits and vegetables, make better overall food choices, and increase intake of vitamins and minerals. In addition research has found that children who eat with their family three or more times per week have healthier eating patterns (Pediatrics, May 2011).
There are many ways busy families can make family meals happen and reap these benefits.
1. Be flexible! A family meal is any meal together so if...