What better place to nurture togetherness than at the dinner table, with good food and good company? The obvious benefits include family bonding and better nutrition habits. It is a fact that kids participating in regular family dinners will be statistically less likely to be overweight or to have an eating disorder.
Less obvious benefits include greater happiness and better grades. Family meals foster improved manners and communications skills, and directly impact grades. My kids are grown, but we still cherish once-a-month family dinners, where I pull out the cloth napkins and good glassware for my cherished guests.