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Why is it important to start a dinner table routine when children are young?

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Starting dinner table routines with your little ones such as preschoolers can show them that family time really matters. No matter what is going on in our lives or how crazy it might get, we set aside that 30 minutes, 45 minutes or whatever time we can grab. To look at and talk to each other and to share a meal together is really important and it communicates to kids that they matter. It shows mom and dad want to spend the time with them. The younger they are the better their habits are and the more likely they are themselves to make time for it. When they get older and they have families of their own that will be a habit they're in as well.