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The importance of family dinner

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Family dinner and eating together might not seem all that important, but there are actually several benefits from eating together with your children. Often, dinner is the one time the whole family is free; it allows for conversations and closeness that can’t be achieved during other times. It can help you understand your children, their triumphs or challenges during the day, what friends they made at preschool and what kinds of things that are on their mind. 

Starting early is critical; having scheduled dinner time with your baby once they start solids can have a whole range of benefits. Some of these include: 

  • Their language and social skills develop as they hear varying vocabulary from you, your partner and their siblings
  • They also learn patience with having to wait for food
  • Using utensils will help their fine motor skills and dexterity
  • Your baby’s overall mental health improves as they are actively using their brain to try and communicate with the family over dinner
  • The bonds between the family and siblings also strengthen during dinnertime
  • Time together during dinner gives you the chance to explore different foods which will expand your baby’s palate

Family dinner and eating together might not seem all that important, but there are actually several benefits from eating together with your children. Often, dinner is the one time the whole family is free; it allows for conversations and closeness that can’t be achieved during other times. It can help you understand your children, their triumphs or challenges during the day, what friends they made at preschool and what kinds of things that are on their mind. 

Starting early is critical; having scheduled dinner time with your baby once they start solids can have a whole range of benefits. Some of these include: 

  • Their language and social skills develop as they hear varying vocabulary from you, your partner and their siblings
  • They also learn patience with having to wait for food
  • Using utensils will help their fine motor skills and dexterity
  • Your baby’s overall mental health improves as they are actively using their brain to try and communicate with the family over dinner
  • The bonds between the family and siblings also strengthen during dinnertime
  • Time together during dinner gives you the chance to explore different foods which will expand your baby’s palate

Getting your baby interested in a variety of foods can prevent fussy eating habits in the future. Often the food you cook is healthier than going out to a restaurant or takeaway, so creating meal plans can ensure a healthier dinner that’s also simple and quick to make. Babies thrive off routines; they need structure in their lives to help their growth and development. Having regular family dinners will not only improve your baby’s life but the whole family! 

Getting your baby interested in a variety of foods can prevent fussy eating habits in the future. Often the food you cook is healthier than going out to a restaurant or takeaway, so creating meal plans can ensure a healthier dinner that’s also simple and quick to make. Babies thrive off routines; they need structure in their lives to help their growth and development. Having regular family dinners will not only improve your baby’s life but the whole family! 

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