Everyone knows that family dinner is good for your kids. Everyone has heard the common statistics: kids who have family dinner regularly are less likely to use drugs or alcohol as teens and they are more likely to well in school, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. (I can hear the audible sigh). Yes, we have heard it all before and we know that it is true. But many of us still don’t act on it. In fact, less than half of American families have regular family meals together.
- Only 35% of American families have five or more family meals per week. (Reader’s Digest Survey, May 2011)
- According to Pew Research (2010), only about half of families make dinner a daily ritual and another third eat together a few times a week. Roughly one in 5 families (20%) eat together only occasionally or never.
These statistics alone are excellent reasons to make family dinner a regular part of your life. But we know the real world of busy schedules and daily pressures can put future benefits in a different perspective. When your kids are little, it’s hard to think past bedtime, let alone to the teen years ahead. So why is family dinner important now, whether you have a toddler, a teen, or even full-grown children or no children at all? There are lots of today reasons for family dinner. Here’s a recent post from our co-founder Grace Freedman (Cherish Family and Family Dinner) and there are plenty other reasons, too.
As we gear up to the launch of Blog for Family Dinner month on September 26, 2011, we will highlight great reasons for family dinner that go beyond the statistics. Join us and let us know your reasons, either by submitting a post or story or simply sharing on our Facebook page.
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