What Your Kids Really Want for Dinner is YOU!

Suzanna Lee, Laura Robinson, and Lindsey Bentley

For most busy families the end of the day, something's got to give...Let's hope it's not family dinner! Researchers at one of America’s most prestigious universities have called family dinner an essential ingredient in the recipe for raising happy, healthy children. In addition, family dinner is a predictor in keeping children away from unhealthy behaviors. 

Dallin H. Oaks, spoke of the importance of having family dinner in his well known conference talk: Good, Better, Best. He said " The number of those who report that their “whole family usually eats dinner together” has declined 33 percent. This is most concerning because the time a family spends together eating meals at home is the strongest predictor of children’s academic achievement and psychological adjustment. Family mealtimes have also been shown to be a strong bulwark against children’s smoking, drinking, or using drugs. There is inspired wisdom in this advice to parents: what your children really want for dinner is you."

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