Teenagers who reported eating two or fewer dinners a week with family members were more than one and a half times as likely to smoke, drink or use illegal substances than were teenagers who had five to seven dinners. (National Centre on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University).
How’s that for scary?
None of us want our teenagers dabling in these areas – not even on a bad day. And looks like those good home cooked meals around the dinner table, with love and laughter, that we grew up with, were the definitely right thing to do.
I try to have as many meals, given my family’s busy schedules, around the dinner table as possible each week. Some weeks we get 5 to 6, other weeks it’s a lot less. There are some weeks where hubby doesnt get home until late multiple nights in a row, and I need to feed the hungry
animals kids before he gets home. And I have to admit to sometimes dishing their meals, and then busying myself cleaning the kitchen or folding washing or something else really riveting. (not).
Now I have been reminded of the power of dinners together – I will sit with the kids while they eat, even if I am waiting for hubby before having my dinner.
What’s dinner like in your house?