Magazine article Work & Family Life

Awesome Benefits of Eating Together as a Family

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Awesome Benefits of Eating Together as a Family

Article excerpt

Our lives are so busy these days-with sports, long hours, activities and commutes. It's no wonder that family mealtimes have been bumped to the back burner.

In this wonderful new book, Home for Dinner, Anne Fishel, PhD makes a compelling case for us to reconsider our priorities and put mealtime back at the center of our family life.

Dr. Fishel teaches psychology at the Harvard Medical School and directs the family and couples therapy program at Mass General Hospital. She describes the latest research that shows the positive, powerful effects of family dinners, which encourage kids' social, emotional and intellectual development and provide a special opportunity for families to stay connected (see Front page article).

For example, studies show that dinner table talk is unique. Unlike conversations in the car or while walking a child to school, talk around the dinner table is more likely to include new vocabulary, story telling and a high degree of engagement.

Writing as a mom who loves to cook, Dr. Fishel offers tips for getting busy families back to the table. …

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