Families that feed together, succeed together. Recent national studies conclude that children in families that eat dinner together five to seven times a week not only eat more vegetables, they also behave better in school and get better grades. They eat fewer snacks and are significantly less likely to use drugs and alcohol or engage in early sexual behavior. Family meals are cheaper than those eaten solo, too. The average number of family dinners in America is three to five per week, though that number tends to decline as children get older. Experts suggest making family meals a priority and involving children in the planning and preparing of meals to give them a stake in their success.
Source: Washington State University