Statistics gathered by the Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University clearly indicate that children who regularly dine with their parents tend to become healthier, happier and better students. The communication that occurs over the course of a meal is critical in building a relationship between you and your children and helps you understand the challenges they face. Studies consistently show that the more often kids eat with their family, the likelier they are to get better grades in school, and the less likely they are to develop eating disorders or vices (like smoking, drinking or even using prohibited drugs).
The Surprising Power of Family Meals by Miriam Weinstein,
The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine – August 2004, Becky Hand-Licensed and Registered Dietician
The Magic of the Family Meal, Nancy Gibbs
Overscheduled Kids, Underconnected Families: The Research Evidence by William Doherty, Ph.D., Family Social Sciences Department, University of Minnesota