Wednesday, August 7, 2013

How Often Do You Eat Dinner Together?

Today I am at Today's Mama with a post about the link between family dinners and low rates of substance abuse among teens.

I’ve written elsewhere about the importance of the family dinner in teaching children good eating habits. The other day I came across a September 2012 white paper entitled “Family Dinners VIII“ by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbia). CASAColumbia has been writing a version of this paper for a decade. Over time, they have consistently found “a relationship between children having frequent dinners with their parents and a decreased risk of their using drugs, drinking or smoking.”

Click here to read the entire article. 

How often do you eat dinner with your family? Does it help you understand your kids better?