Sometimes I am asked, what is the one most important habit I can change that will make a difference in my child's health. That is not an easy one to answer, because I start to think about vegetables, healthy snacking, portion sizes, daily fitness.
But if I had to say one thing to parents that could be the most influential on their child's health habits, I would say
"sitting down and eating meals together as a family every day"
I know, it sounds too simple. But sometimes, the most simple things turn out to be the most important. And let's not confuse "simple in principal" with "simple to implement". We have a very busy lifestyle and it seems like we are always running to get one more thing done. And sitting down as a family requires a little bit of planning. And planning requires some time. But there are so many reasons why this is so beneficial for kids.
This is just off the top of my head, but I am sure you can add to the list. But still not convinced. How about this:
Do I need to find more studies to prove the power of family meals? Kids enjoy time with Mom and Dad. Family time is so precious and when you add in all these bonuses, well, it is hard not to make it a priority.
To provide even more positive influences on your child's eating habits- have the kids participate in preparing the meal. There are a ton of studies that indicate the healthy habit benefits of this activity! But that is for another blog!
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