The benefits of family meals are reassessed

"The statistics are clear," Nancy Gibbs wrote in a Time magazine article from 2006: "Kids who dine with the folks are healthier, happier and better students". She's right, there is lots of evidence showing these positive associations, and there are plausible explanations for the benefits, such as a chance for children and parents to talk, and the sense of structure that the ritual provides.

A new study reported on our Research Digest suggests the picture may be more complicated than that.

<p>Having been a home maker myself, I would agree on the issue that children who have a traditional upbringing whose parents stick with this through thick and thin are higher achievers. However the mother, in this day and age is often overlooked if unemployed, that is a stay at home mother for her contribution to society maybe well qualified. Often the father has little time to spend at home with his kids and does not realize what goes into perseveringly in the upbringing of employable well adjusted people.</p>

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