By Gretchen Roberts
Getting a meal on the table is a feat in itself, but getting a meal on the table that's nutritionally balanced, universally loved, and attended by the whole family? Sounds like Mission: Impossible! Yet, we know that studies show that the family meal is our secret weapon for healthy, balanced kids who do well in school, have great relationships with others, are emotionally content, and learn lasting nutritional habits. It's also our chance to connect with our kids, teach them good manners and nutrition, and grow together as a family. Enter Sunday night: the perfect time for the perfect family meal. Here's how to keep it simple and fun—for everyone. Because even if your kids seem less than enthusiastic, don't be fooled: 84 percent of teens surveyed in one study admitted to preferring family dinners over eating alone.