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The Brood: The state of the family dinner

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From long work hours to transporting the kids from one after school activity to the next, it's getting harder and harder to sit down for dinner.

From long work hours, to hectic commutes, and transporting the kids from one after school activity to the next -- it's getting harder and harder to sit down for dinner.  

Brigid Schulte, Washington Post writer and author of "Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time," highlighted the necessity of taking a closer look at our daily schedules.

"Our culture expects parents to be very involved in their kids lives, creating a lot of over scheduling, and making it very hard to sit down for dinner," she said.

But how important is the family dinner? Are kids missing out on important life skills by not participating in meal prep activities? And what's being done to get people back in the kitchen as a family?

Lynn Barendsen is the executive director of The Family Dinner Project at Harvard. Bardensen thinks it's important to find dinner where you can.

"Dinner doesn't have to be a home cooked meal at a table, it can be a late night snack, or a picnic at a soccer game. Don't let the perfect by the enemy of the good," Bardensen said.

Barendsen says making time for a family dinner has many benefits and the key is to make fun and something the whole family can enjoy together.

To listen to the full interview, click on the blue audio player above.

A version of this segment also aired on November 24, 2015.

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