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Back To The Table: Why Eating As A Family Can Nourish Your Child’s Development.

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

Every parent want better for their child (children) and every parent fears but expects their child (children) to go through a “rebellious” phase where they experiment with ways of life that are less than suitable, leaving moms and dads hoping that their antics are temporary and not enough to get them into any serious trouble.

According to family experts the trick to keeping kids out of trouble is keeping them well feed, so they don’t feed their rebellious curiosity. They suggest that having dinner as a family unit each night is essential for nourishing their mind as well as their body and that children who eat supper with their family (as a unit) on a daily or regular basis are les likely to take risks with drugs or alcohol and develop problems associated with each.

In fact, these kids are also noted as being less likely to smoke or get involves in other “illicit” activities. And, they are also less likely to be obese.

But, with many parents both working and constantly on the go, home-cooked family meals may not be or seem possible. Yet, for many there may be some new hope.

More and more supermarkets and super (food) chains are offering parents healthy alternatives to traditional home-cooked fare.

From roasted chicken to fresh baked whole grain breads, and everything in between, both partially cooked and fully prepared meals are making their way to mainstream North American tables at point of purchase.

Experts assert that eating home allows children to associate eating with a safe and enjoyable family life, one they can exchange ideas, enjoy and look forward to. Plus, it teaches them to eat well, healthy, balanced meals, and make better food choices when they are choosing on their own.]

While eating out is certainly and enjoyable family event everyone can look forward to, especially as a truly culinary experience, dining out four to five times weekly, may be a harmful trend, especially for (young) families.

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