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July 31, 2013

Talking at mealtimes boosts children's confidence

bbc-logo.jpgWe all know that family mealtimes are important in many ways. But according to this report from the BBC, children who eat with their family in silence might as well not join them at all.

Mealtime chatter helps boost children's communication skills, suggests a study by the National Literacy Trust.

Children whose families sit and talk during meals are more confident, the poll of 35,000 UK children indicates.

But more than one in every four misses out on daily mealtime chats with their families, suggests the poll.

Former EastEnders actress, mother, and literacy campaigner Natalie Cassidy said: "Food is fuel for our bodies. So is conversation for our brains."

Ms Cassidy urged parents: "Even if you're strapped for time, make 10-15 minutes to all sit down together".

Read the full story from the BBC.

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