Family mealtime is an important bonding experience. It is around the kitchen table where kids will open up about their day and parents can forget about their busy work schedules. Mealtime not only brings your family closer together, it also lowers the risk of your child turning to alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs. Did you know, one of the reasons youth say they don’t use drugs is because their parents have talked to them about their values? Often times this happens over a plate of spaghetti. The ERASE coalition challenges your family to set aside at least three nights a week where you can sit down, talk, and enjoy each other’s company.
- Teens who eat frequent family dinners are less likely than other teens to get into fights, be suspended from school, or engage in many other risky behaviors.
- By eating with your children, it is more likely that they will eat healthier foods and more balanced meals.
- 61% of children who do not eat dinner with their families use alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.