If you’re a fan of sitting the kids down for their dinner at 5pm, you may want to think again.
A dietitian is warning parents about letting your child eat earlier than the rest of the family.
Alex Parker, dietitian from The Biting Truth told Kidspot, “If children are eating at 5pm they are generally eating without their parents.”
“There is a huge amount of evidence to show the positive social skills associated with children eating meals with the family ,” she continued.
One huge benefit of sitting down with the family is that their vocabulary will come on in leaps and bounds.
“Researchers found that for young children, dinnertime conversation boosts vocabulary even more than being read aloud to,” she said.
“Dinner is the most reliable way for families to connect and find out what’s going on with each other.”
“Children who share family meals three or more times per week are more likely to be in the healthy weight range, and have healthier dietary and eating patterns,” she said.
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