In a study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University they found that the more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs. They have created Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children (www.casafamilyday.org/familyday). Family Day 2010 is Monday, September 27th.
Every night we sit down and eat together as a family. Even S sits with us in his bouncer seat. Jay and I talk about our days at work and C tells us about what he is learning in pre-school. Last night he told us he was learning about the ocean. Did you know there were sharks before there were dinosaurs?
In Michelle Obama’s interview with Women’s Health she said she values the importance of eating together as a family, even at the White House. She explains, “Dad’s office is just downstairs, and it’s rare that we don’t have dinner together. No matter what’s going on, he sets aside that time. Dinner time is at 6:30 p.m., and he comes in, we sit down.”
If the President and First Lady can make time to do it, I guess we can too.