Kids & nutrition – is time for communal meals to take In the hectic everyday life one often forgotten, to take time for communal meals. But these are very important especially for children. To learn what impact can they have for example on a healthier eating habits or even better school performance, in this article. Often, you have so many tasks, it takes no time to eat with the family in everyday life. Finally you must schedule some time for preparing a family meal. You must set the table still and summon all other family members. But all the effort is worth it.
The common food strengthens the feeling of togetherness among individual family members on the one hand with the family and provides an ideal way for it to interact with each other on the other hand (Fulkerson, Neumark Sztainer & story, 2006). You can report about the experiences of the day and also at potential problems with others will find a solution. Parents also receive the opportunity to intervene in the eating habits of their children and to teach them the importance of a balanced and healthy diet through the celebration of shared meals. Children who take meals with the family, eat more fruits and vegetables and take more vital nutrients, such as vitamins, calcium, fiber and iron, through their diet. In addition they waive more fried food and the consumption of soda (Gillman et al., 2000).
By their own behavior at the dinner table, parents their children can be a good role model. So, parents who eat themselves healthy, can live their children for this behavior. This you can prevent the development of obesity and potential sequelae actively. It has been shown that children from families in which is eaten together, are less affected by overweight (Taveras et al., 2005). Another advantage of shared family dinners is the promotion of better school performance and improving the language skills of children. This situation is likely to surprise many. How should because communal meals be responsible for success in school? According to a study, children get the opportunity to learn, to understand, to acquire new knowledge and to learn how to speak properly in a social context (snow & Beals, 2006) the stories and explanations of the other new vocabulary through the conversations with other family members. All this contributes that children can improve their language skills and thus better school performance. As a whole have children who often meals eat with the family, a significantly higher grade point average as children, where only a few common family meals are celebrated (Eisenberg et al., 2004). Moreover, the results suggest a long-term study that that common food in the context of the family against future addictions can protect. Common family meals provide an ideal opportunity namely parents, more about the events and experiences to learn from the everyday life of their children. This potential problems, for example, in relation to a substance abuse, can be detected in a timely manner. Young people from families in which is eaten not often together, smoking twice as frequently as those involving regular family meals take place. Also they consume twice as much alcohol and one and a half so often marijuana (the National Center on addiction and substance abuse at Columbia University, 2010). So the family meals together can successfully be celebrated, there are some useful advices that parents should heed. More tips and great recipes for a healthy diet, see the book: family & nutrition.