A quick sit down for dinner is better than none, although I’m always hoping for but don’t always get 30 minutes for a weekday meal. Scattered in many directions during the day, this is the one time we return home to share our day together. It’s a ritual I insisted on from the beginning of raising our kids. So I took interest in the recent Wall Street Journal article Does Dinner Count If It’s Really, Really Quick? and wanted to share it:
The article touches on many interesting aspects of the family dinner hour like playing the games “Roses and Thorns” to share the days high and low points or serving dinner in courses to make it more appealing for younger children. One of the most compelling parts to me was the list of child development benefits of sitting down to eat dinner together:
- Better grades
- Healthier body weight
- Lower rates of cigarette and alcohol use
- Stronger relationships with parents
- Better overall health
What do you think? How much time do you take to sit down? To prepare dinner? Michael Pollan’s book Cooked references that the average person spends 27 minutes cooking a meal and four minutes cleaning it up.
I’d love to hear your comments. Especially now that Fall is here and we are back to a more regular dinner routine.
I also went to the International Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle this weekend and look forward to sharing with you some of the interesting things I learned in the coming weeks, as well as new recipes I have been working on.