The Morning Blend


The Importance Of Family Meals

Posted at 10:02 AM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 10:02:24-05

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and author of the New York Times bestseller “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone,” which is being adapted as a television series with Eva Longoria. In addition to her clinical practice, she writes The Atlantic’s weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column and is the co-host of the iHeart Radio podcast, “Dear Therapists,” produced by Katie Couric. Her recent TED Talk is one of the top 10 most watched of the year. A member of the Advisory Council for Bring Change to Mind, she is a sought-after expert in media such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS This Morning, CNN, and NPR’s “Fresh Air.”

For the past several months, families have been thrust together due to stay at home orders. What some might begrudgingly view as “forced family fun” is proving beneficial to households across the country, with bonds being made like never before.

A new survey by The National Pork Board shows that even though people crave a return to “normal,” families report shared mealtime as something they’ll miss and 86% say they’ll continue eating together post-COVID. Surprisingly, the survey found that even 71% of teenagers said they consider catching up and spending time with family members as the best part of family dinners.

The togetherness often starts before the meal — with more than half of families surveyed cooking more since COVID and one in three trying new recipes.