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According ​​​to a recent Harris Poll survey, 82 percent of parents of children under the age of 18 in the household say that they wished they had more meals together as a family. And the number-one reason cited for not eating together? You guessed it - "we're just too busy." So to promote famil​y dinnertime and all the benefits that go with it, Boys Town has introduced At the Table, a challenge to America's families to make the time to eat together.

Studies show that eating dinner together as a family can provide numerous benefits for children, including higher self-esteem and better communication with their parents. This is because eating together offers families a time to talk, promoting closeness, trust and comfort. But dinnertime needs to become a regular habit in order to sustain those benefits. And that means getting them used to it early on.

See below for tips and advice developed ​by the parenting experts at Boys Town on how you can get your family to eat, laugh and grow together more often.

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*Abbreviated Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Boys Town from January 21-23, 2015 among 2,057 ​adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a ​probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact