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A Child's World: Infancy Through Adolescence 13th Edition

A Child's World: Infancy Through Adolescence (13th Edition)

Book Edition13th Edition
Author(s)Martorell, Papalia
PublisherMcGraw-Hill, Inc.
The Child in the Family
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Chapter 14, The Child in the Family, what's your view, Exercise 01

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Although research has found physical, emotional, and psychological benefits for eating together with children and parents, in recent years, with increasing pressure from the workforce on parents and educational systems on children, it has become difficult for families to spend time together. The following are a few suggestions for fixing a time to eat together:

  • Fixing time for a break: Although it may be difficult for families to eat together three times a day, creating space in the daily schedule for at least one meal, for example, dinner, should be plausible. Spending time over dinner may be possible as parents and children get free from work and school respectively by dinner time.
  • Fix a brunch or snack break: If members of the house have different eating and sleeping schedules, making space for smaller meals, such as snack breaks or dessert time (after dinner or lunch), can also compensate for the missed time.  
  • Organizing weekly outdoor activities: If eating together every day is impossible, creating traditions to go for outdoor activities at least once during the weekends is a good idea. It can also be a healthy means of building bonds. It can include going for a picnic or to a favorite restaurant. 

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Having food along with the family has been found to improve the physical and mental well-being of family members. It also helps in strengthening bonds between parents, children, and siblings. 

A family can use the following methods to clear their schedules during mealtimes:

  • Fixing a time for at least one meal a day.
  • Fixing a brunch or snack break with family members.
  • Organizing weekly outdoor activities, such as a visit to parks or going for a picnic.
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