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 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Studies show that eating together as a family can provide numerous benefits for children, including higher self-esteem and better communication.

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Mealtime at Boys Town: The ‘Yuck’ List

We want dinner time to be a positive experience for kids so they will continue the tradition with their own children someday. One way we do this is by implementing the “Yuck List.”

Making Memories at Mealtime

When life doesn’t go their way, give your children an opportunity to talk about it on a regular basis—at the table.

Conversation Starters

Having trouble getting more than a few words out of your children? Try asking specific, pointed questions that require more than a simple "yes" or "no."

Coping with A Picky Eater

If you find that mealtimes usually end in arguments about how much they’re not eating, follow these guidelines. Read article

Chew on This: Family Meals Are a Sign of a Healthy Home

A growing body of research suggests that family dinnertime does much more than satisfy hunger. Family meals can expand the mind and protect the spirit, too.

When Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen Is a Good Thing

Don't wait until your children are tweens or teens before having them put on an apron and follow a recipe. Even the youngest tykes, with some guidance, can stir, sprinkle, toss, and taste.

How to Get Your Kids to Open Up at Dinner

Sometimes kids do not want to share at the dinner table. To get the ball rolling, use prepared conversation starters.

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Studies show that eating dinner together as a family provides benefits for children.

Committing to family meals multiple times every week helps create deeper family relationships. Kick off your mealtime commitment with this weeklong challenge to share meals as a ​family. Sign up


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