Your children and spouse rarely eat together as a family.
Getting your whole family to eat together may be a challenge, but countless studies show the benefits to your children are enormous. Here are three reasons for family meals:
•Family meals are found more important to language development than having parents read or play with them.
•Family meals reduce the risk of eating disorders or depression.
•Family meals improve grades and academic achievement.
Review schedules and identify days and the time when all family members are available--even if it's two or three days. Cut or rearrange any "nonessential" activities during the dinner hour.
Write in permanent ink those family meal days on a calendar posted on the refrigerator so there are no excuses. Cut corners to make this doable, like bringing in take-out once a week, using 30 minute meal recipes, freezing casseroles and getting your kids involved in meal making.
The key to success is setting regular family meals so stick to that routine.
Michele Borba's Parenting Resolutions for 2009: