Wednesday, March 29

Recommended Reading: The Surpising Power of Eating Together

Looking for something to read?

I've really enjoyed reading "The Surprising Power of Family Meals : How Eating Together Makes Us Smarter, Stronger, Healthier, and Happier" by Miriam Weinstein.

Those of you who are doing the family thing owe it to yourself to AT LEAST get this from the library. Dads, step up to the plate (a baseball and food analogy) and read this book.

From the Publisher Weekly description:

Having regular family meals can eliminate teen eating disorders; improve children's grades; reduce the incidence of drug abuse, teen pregnancy and smoking; and even expand toddlers' vocabulary. So says Weinstein (Yiddish: A Nation of Words), a documentary filmmaker and mother of two. "No one is asking for rocket science here," she writes, "only shared mac-and-cheese and a bunch of chairs pulled up around the table." Her points, drawn from the fields of psychology, anthropology, religion and education, are valid and logical; in fact, it seems obvious that eating together will improve children's manners, provide family intimacy and create a secure environment for teenagers. Occasionally, however, Weinstein's arguments are spotty: "Of course there is no guarantee that if you maintain regular meals, you will eradicate eating disorders. But... the absence of regular meals makes it easier for all sorts of disordered eating to thrive." Weinstein has tried to create a full-length book from what could've sufficed as a compelling magazine article. Still, her case studies are stimulating, and her writing style is persuasive enough to convince readers to make a point of enjoying an evening meal with their families.

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