This Mother's Day Gift of Togetherness
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This Mother's Day - why not ask your family members for a simple but a more meaningful gift We are surrounded by devices these days. Using the internet and watching tv account for about 10 hours of our average day. We are always connected to the rest of the world.

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This Mother's Day Ask for Togetherness - as part of the news and politics series by GeoBeats. We are surrounded by devices these days. Using the internet and watching tv account for about 10 hours of our average day. We are always connected to the rest of the world. Ironically though, being more connected in the digital world means we often interact less with the people who are actually living with us. This Mother's Day - why not ask your family members for a simple but a more meaningful gift of togetherness. If you have more family meals, your kids will see real quantifiable benefits as the research shows. A Washington State University survey indicates kids who eat more frequently with family have a higher chance of academic excellence. They are also less likely to use drugs and suffer from depression. Dr. Jennifer Hartstein, a child psychologist tells CBS that parents should be really engaged at the dinner table - take interest in their kids' lives and share their own life's activities with them. Citing a study in the journal Pediatrics, CNN notes that having family meals 3 or more times in a week would mean a 12% lower chance for a child to be overweight and a 35% lower chance of developing an eating disorder. So there are plenty of reasons for everyone in the family to get off the grid as much as possible. How frequently do you have family meals with your kids?