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The Unexpected Benefits Of Having The Whole Family Together For Dinner

Congratulations, America. Research in 2011 found that 59 percent of families ate dinner together at least 5 times a week, up from 47 percent in 1998. That’s important, because there’s a gang of studies pointing to all kinds of social and health benefits associated with family dinners: Kids who eat with their parents get better grades in school, have bigger vocabularies and are less likely to play hooky or take drugs. They’re also in better physical shape and less likely to be depressed. All that, and it’s estimated that you’ll spend almost 50-percent less on home-cooked meals than on meals eaten out. Basically, family meal time is the single most efficient thing you can do to improve your kid’s long term prospects – but, whatever, go ahead and work late tonight. That promotion you might get would be cool, too.