Most parents look for ways to give their children an edge, but many miss an easy and often inexpensive recipe for success: eating together.
We asked nutritionist Robyn Webb with the wish list many conscientious cooks tick off automatically: Weekday meals with less meat, more whole grains and lots of flavor; dishes that are healthful, easy and family-friendly. A different pasta, please, and chicken that has nothing to do with nuggets. Her results:
» Activity goal: Play together as a family for 15 minutes at least twice this week.
» Eating goal: Shop for food as a family, then cook and eat a meal together.
» Why do it: Studies show that kids from families who eat together at least three to five times per week do better in school, are less likely to be overweight or to engage in risky behaviors.