By Susan Lampe

I recently read an online article that encourages families to eat dinner together on a regular basis. There are many benefits which include:

  • Better academic performance
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Greater sense of resilience
  • Lower risk of substance abuse
  • Lower risk of teen pregnancy
  • Lower risk of depression
  • Lower likelihood of developing eating disorders
  • Lower rates of obesity

The Family Dinner Project states, “Our belief in the ‘magic’ of family dinners is grounded in research on the physical, mental and emotional benefits of regular family meals.” One family reports, “We got back some of what was lost in the family. Sitting down together, talking and laughing helped us get back a sense of closeness and family unity.”

If you’d like to know more about the research behind the benefits of family dinners, Dr. Anne K. Fishel’s blog The Family Dinner Project is a great place to start. The blog has references and stories to support the benefits of family meals.