Family Day- Eat Dinner with Your Children
Did you know that the more often children and teens eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs? That is why The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University created Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children in 2001.
Family Day is a national movement to encourage parents to frequently eat dinner with their kids and be involved in their children’s lives. Family Day will be celebrated nationwide this year on Monday, Sept. 24th. For more information about Family Day, visit www.CASAFamilyDay.org.
According to CASAColumbia’s report The Importance of Family Dinners VII, compared to teens who have frequent family dinners (five to seven per week), those who have infrequent family dinners (fewer than three per week) are:
• Almost four times likelier to use tobacco
• More than twice as likely to use alcohol
• Two-and-a-half times likelier to use marijuana
The report also found that teens who have frequent family dinners are likelier to get better grades in school and to say they have an excellent relationship with their parents.