Family Dinners : Beneficial And Social Development

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This paper will explore several ways in which frequent family dinners are beneficial to social development. My argument will consist of three main points backed by several research papers. First, according to a study, family dinners encourage healthy eating which discourages weight problems like obesity (Neumark-Sztainer, Hannan, Story, Croll, Perry, 2003). As indicated by the International Life Sciences institute in a review of existing research, overweight and obese children are more likely to be involved in bullying, (both as victim and as perpetrator) (Kukaswadia et al., 2011). It therefore stands to reason that family meals can indirectly discourage this particular form of social difficulty. My second point is as follows. A study by Fulkerson et al. (2005) found an inverse relationship between frequent family meals and high-risk behaviors, many of which are considered socially inappropriate, such as violence and antisocial tendencies. It is likely that this negative correlation is in part due to the structure and stability offered by routine family dinners. Children and adolescents in an open and honest family mealtime environment are also more likely to express their emotions (Fulkerson et al. 2010). This gives parents the opportunity to address problems that might lead to high-risk behaviors. Finally, exposure to language is invaluable to the social development of children. Thanks to the prevalence of language at the dinner table, mealtime is a good opportunity for…
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