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Family Dinner: Leave it To Beaver . . . or Grab ‘N Go?

  Family dinner:  Is it more like Leave It To Beaver or Grab ‘N Go?  Or something in between? Me & my house?  We go through phases. One night . . . the kids will set the table.  And I’ll prepare the meal.  We’ll gather ‘round and talk.  Even have dessert.  Just like Beaver and the Cleavers (well, not exactly.)  Sometimes, two — three — nights in a row.  All of us.  As a family.  Dinner.  Sitting down.  Round the table.  That feels good. Not only does it bring back visions of Leave It To Beaver, but studies show all kinds of benefits to family dinners: kids who eat most often with their parents are 40% more likely to get mainly A’s and B’s in school than kids who have two or fewer family dinners a week  (National Center on addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University via sixsistersstuff.com); adolescent girls who have frequent family meals, and a positive atmosphere during those meals, are less likely to have eating disorders (University of Minnesota, 2004, via zenfamilyhabits.net); when …