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As many of you know, I am the parent to three children. This year they are in kindergarten, 3rd grade, and 5th grade. The start to a new school year is always a challenge with new routines, new teachers, and meeting new friends. With my youngest heading to kindergarten this year, I have been reminded of all the challenges my older two children faced when they started school. One child refused to participate in reading at school and the other would not go to the bathroom at school. All three of my children were absolutely exhausted at the end of each day of kindergarten. Exhaustion leads to tough situations at home. When I have moments where I do not know how to handle a situation, I either turn to my family or to the internet for help.

Turning to the internet is a risky option because I cannot be sure if the site I found is research-based information. One online resource I know I can rely on is Science of Parenting. If you are a parent, grandparent, caregiver, aunt, uncle, or educator, Science of Parenting has something for you when you are facing a challenge with a child in your life.

Science of Parenting balances the research with the reality of caring for children of all ages. If you have a child in your life, check it out today.

Justine Hoover

Justine Hoover is a Registered Dietitian and mom who loves to cook for her family.

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Family Meal Time

It’s not just what you feed your kids, but if you eat with them, that’s important!

Over and over, studies show that families who eat meals together benefit by having decreased risks of their children developing obesity, using alcohol or other drugs. They also perform better in school, tend to be happier, have positive peer relations and a decreased risk of suicide.

How can sitting down together to eat make all the difference? Part of it is that family meals generally promote healthy portions, include more fruits and vegetables and fewer fried foods. And, there is the advantage of having conversation between parent and child without the distractions of phones, TV or computers.

A family meal doesn’t have to be a feast laid out on the dining room table. A meal with food from each food group and the family talking together qualifies. Eating away from home can be a family meal if you are sitting down talking to each other while you eat.

If you want more information on this subject, check out Family meal time blog post on The Science of Parenting site, a new online resource from Iowa State University Extension. The purpose of the blog is to communicate research-based information on current/hot parenting topics.

-pointers from Peggy

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