Celebrate National Family Day!

Family Day is coming up on September 25th. We hope you’ll celebrate it by spending some time with the special people that live in your house!

Lucky for you, there’s a great excuse to spend quality time with your children every day—it’s called DINNER! What could be better than connecting with your spouse and children, reviewing the day’s events over a plate of spaghetti and meatballs or a bowl of hot soup?

Did you know that having regular sit-down dinners with your children can help them say NO to drugs and alcohol? According to a report by National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, holding family dinners regularly lowers the chances of drug and substance abuse in teenagers. In fact, kids who don’t participate in family dinner are 3.5 times more likely to abuse drugs.

Want your kids to excel in school and other social settings?

CASA reports that children who eat often with their families communicate and perform better in school than those who do not. Family meals give kids a chance to express themselves and learn how to interact with adults. It’s also the perfect casual setting for parents to stay informed on what is going on in the lives of their children. It may surprise you the important things that are learned from conversations at the dinner table.

Truly the benefits of family time are undeniable. These reports leave us wondering: can any of us afford NOT to hold regular dinner with our families? Please join us in a celebration of family on September 25th and decide now to fight for family dinner—a simple practice that will reap significant rewards for you and your children. They will thank you later, even if they don’t appreciate it now.

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