A new study conducted by researchers at National Literacy Trust suggests that talking with your children during mealtimes can help improve their communication skills.
The researchers surveyed more than 35,000 children between eight and 16 years of age in the UK and found that roughly around a quarter of them do not talk with their families during mealtimes.
They also found that around 62 percent of children who do take part in mealtime chatter feel confident enough to speak in front of a group compared to 52 percent of those who do not sit down for meals or 47 percent of those who are silent during mealtimes.
"Our research shows just how vital conversation at home is to the future success of our children and young people. Talking and communicating at home, for example at mealtimes, will help children gain the skills they need for a successful and happy life", National Literacy Trust director Jonathan Douglas said.