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 family 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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.