Although lots of parents consider family mealtimes important, they may also dread the planning and preparation involved.
Moms and dads have better physical and mental health when they dine with their children – despite all the work of a family meal.
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All that planning, shopping, prepping, serving and cleaning can pay off with better physical and mental health for all members of the family.
Reading recipes enhances vocabulary. Baking involves measurement, addition and subtraction. Slicing your personal pizza is a great way to explain fractions to your child.
Research shows that cooking with your kids helps them try more foods, eat more healthily and waste less food. It also offers opportunities to practise math and bond as a family.
Pleasure at the table, pleasure in life.
If New Year’s resolutions have you in an abstemious mindset when it comes to enjoyment these days, consider a pleasure recalibration based on ‘l'éducation du gout.’
Hungry for more than just the turkey.
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Our panel discusses the benefits of gathering for an annual holiday meal. Traditions and rituals give us a sense of identity and closeness with those we love – and come with mental and physical health benefits too.
Family dinners can whet children’s appetites for reading.
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Family meals – with lively conversation, storytelling and discussions of books and the tales they contain – feed children’s literacy skills.
Families can fill up on more than food when they dine together.
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