Why shared dinners are essential for a healthy and happy family – and the ways to get your kids to buy into it

My children were born 19 months apart. For about a year after my second arrived, I’m not sure anyone ate dinner, let alone together. A lot of cereal was consumed at strange hours, but nothing that resembled a family meal.

There’s a lot of research about the benefits of family dinners that seems to be linked to everything in kids: better grades, better health, better vocabulary, and a lower risk of smoking, drinking and using drugs. Although it’s not a magic bullet, gathering around a meal…

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