Thursday, October 25, 2012

Free Resource #31: "Importance of Family Dinner" Study

Family dinner together may just be the new most important meal of the day and may be the life of your MS/JH Students.  
18 year long study on the connect between family dinner and life long drug use!

" Over the past 18 years, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbiaTM) has surveyed thousands of American teens and their parents to identify situations and circumstances that influence the risk of teen substance abuse. Why? Because a child who gets through age 21 without using illegal drugs, abusing alcohol or smoking is virtually certain never to do so. What we’ve learned is that parents have the greatest influence on whether their teens will choose not to use.

Our past surveys have consistently found a relationship between children having frequent dinners with their parents and a decreased risk of their using drugs, drinking or smoking, and that parental engagement fostered around the dinner table is one of the most potent tools to help parents raise healthy, drug-free children.

Simply put: frequent family dinners make a big difference."

CLICK HERE (to get the PDF of the study)