Family dinners are good for you and your kids

  • Article by: JULIE PFITZINGER , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 25, 2010 - 9:37 PM

Studies done by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University show that children in families that eat together three times per week have a lower risk of substance abuse and are likelier to get better grades in school.

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caguyinmnSep. 25, 1010:49 PM

I got up early this morning to make pancakes from scratch for my 4yr old daughter and wife. I had my daughter help me mix the pancake batter because she likes to help. My wife said this was the best pancakes she's had because she had always eaten frozen or ready made. We'll be doing it again tomorrow morning and probably start a weekend breakfast tradition in addition to our weekly dinner meals together.

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MellersSep. 26, 1011:18 AM

I think this is a huge link to the nation-wide obesity epidemic. Either people don't know how to cook or choose not to learn, relying on take-out, fast-food, grocery store deli or frozen meals. I don't like to cook but make a point to do so, for health and money reasons.

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lordhawhaw1Sep. 27, 1011:44 AM

Another government funded research study to explain to those who live to have their hand held by government the best way to live. Anyone with a lick of sense already knows about the benefits of family mealtimes. If you didn't know this before the study did you think the more the family eats apart the better for all? How much did the study cost? Try Googling the national debt clock on your laptop. You can place the laptop on the dinner table. That way your kids can watch what these nanny staters are doing to their future.

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wwallace67Sep. 28, 10 2:00 PM

Told ya.

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