Open a hip new restaurant in your own house! Invite friends or family over for dinner, then put your child to work transforming your kitchen into a cool café! This kind of experiential play increases creativity, literacy, and math skills – plus it gives you an opportunity to teach your kids about health and nutrition!
—>Why It Matters: This kind of teamwork gets an A+! Research shows that 58% of teens have dinner with their family at least five times a week. Those kids are more likely to get As and Bs in school compared to teens who share dinner with their families three or fewer times a week. (Recommended for all ages)
—>Why It Matters: What a fun way to strike up conversations with your kids! Not only do you deepen your connection when you chat together, but one Harvard study of kids ages 3 to 15 showed that dinner-table discussions are important for children’s language development. (Recommended for ages 6-9)
—>Why It Matters: When kids have useful roles and responsibilities at home, their schoolwork benefits. Research from Columbia University shows kids learn to share, feel more motivated at school, have fewer discipline problems, and become better problem-solvers at school. (Recommended for ages 10-13)
—>Why It Matters: Working, playing, and eating together are key ingredients for raising healthy kids. In fact, when teens have dinner with their families five or more nights a week, they are half as likely as other kids to abuse drugs and alcohol. (Recommended for all ages)
—>Why It Matters: Your child will have a blast perfecting his pizza. But more importantly, research shows all that creativity inspires kids to think outside the box, be unique, practice finding creative ways to solve problems, and take pride in something they created! (Recommended for ages 6-9)
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