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Grub's up: The return of the family dinner

The drastic change to everyone's routine has meant benefits for everyone in the family, not to mention some quality food, writes Katy McGuinness

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Family time: Michelle Bowe has dinner with her husband Greg and their children Amy (6 months) and Emma (3)

Family time: Michelle Bowe has dinner with her husband Greg and their children Amy (6 months) and Emma (3)

Emma helps Michelle make fresh pasta.

Emma helps Michelle make fresh pasta.

Amy Bowe (6 months) enjoys the family meal

Amy Bowe (6 months) enjoys the family meal

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Family time: Michelle Bowe has dinner with her husband Greg and their children Amy (6 months) and Emma (3)

One of the benefits of lockdown is that it gives families the time and opportunity to put the positive act of eating together at the centre of family life and make it part of their daily routine. For many families, it's the first time in a long time that sitting down to enjoy a meal together has been a regular occurrence.

But for families who are not used to eating together, the prospect of doing it day in day out, without any of the reprieves normally offered by eating with colleagues in the canteen at work or dinner at a restaurant with friends can be daunting.

Everyone knows that eating with small children can be chaotic and anything but relaxing - exactly what busy parents do not need at the end of a day's work.