Family Mealtime as a Context of Development and Socialization, includes articles by leading researchers on family mealtimes. The book concludes that although there have been a lot of societal changes in families, family mealtime is not going the way of the dinosaur.
Today's family meals may consist of more take-out food than 25 years ago, but it's what happens around the table -- the social interactions -- that's important, says Larson. It's a time to check up on homework, share stories and news, and pass on family traditions.
Larson says that sharing family meals together is just one ingredient in the recipe for a healthy family.