Family Meals: Do You Eat Together?


Last week CafeMom asked a top nutritionist about how to feed a family healthy meals on a budget. Today we delve into the discussion a bit further.

Dr. Shirley Kindrick told us is that families who eat together tend to have healthier diets. Furthermore, this healthy eating habit continues even when the kids grow up and leave the house. An interesting observation, but I wondered how true this is for most families. Do most families eat together for health reasons or is there something more? As you can probably imagine, CafeMoms had a lot to share about families eating together.

Most moms agreed that eating together was important "family time" for their families. It gave them a chance to be together and discuss their respective days.

For example, Rachel315 says:

I enforce eating together at the kitchen table because I feel that it's important family time. If I do this now (when my son is young) then he'll enjoy and understand it when he's older. I'm kinda old fashioned...My grandparents made dinners huge events, the celebration of just getting together. I think its a tradition that needs to be carried on.

Moms were more mixed about whether or not there is a connection between family meals and healthy eating. Some moms said that they do eat healthier together, but as SweetCandyGirl shares:

We do eat together at dinner time, but breakfast is just me and my daughter and same with lunch. However, does that pertain to nutrition? I don't know...We don't always have the healthiest meals, even when eating together. I think it may be good health for a family bonding thing, but not necessarily for healthy food. To me that just doesn't go hand in hand.

And for some busy moms like Kristi80 making sure their families eat healthy meals is a huge priority, but they sometimes don't have enough time to sit down with them:

We do not always eat together. I cook healthy meals & make pretty much everything from scratch, but I do not sit at the table with my husband & kids. I serve them & get them seconds of whatever they ask for & clean up the kitchen while they are eating. After supper we go outside with the kids or watch a movie with them if its already dark. I would love to sit down with them, but I just cant find the time to do that & still have time after supper for us all to be together.

Does your family eat togethert? Why or why not?

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butte... butterflybp

Yes, but with everyone's busy schedule it is hard to do tht. We did how ever eat meals together when the kids were young. It helped everyone reconect and enjoy each others day.

Cafe... Cafe Sheri

It is for my family, but I don't like to tell other families what should be important in their families. For us, it's the perfect time for us all to sit down and connect about our days, especially as the kids get older and my husband and me juggle working from home duties. This and our evening walk afterward are critical "bonding time" for our family.

Cafe... Cafe MichelleL

I did not realize how important eating a family meal was until I saw some of the stats on grades for kids and family meals. We've made more of an effort to do it again. 

Sweet... SweetPea2004

Yes I always eat with dd, sometimes db will sit with us, but it is rare.  If shes not home I eat with him.

dnivm... dnivmxjj04

sunday-thursday we eat dinner at a family.  but on the weekends we let the boys eat in there rooms.  growing up we ate as a family every night.  and i like it because it gives us time to talk as a family.  we live busy lives and it gives us time to re-group.  i look forward to it!  actually during dinner i do best and worst.  the boys have to tell me there best and worst part of there day.  we learn a lot about each others day through that.

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