Family Dinners – Do They Make A Difference In Kids’ Lives?
I think they do.
I remember, growing up, we had dinner at 6 every night and you had to be there. Some exceptions were made for sports, etc., and sometimes dinnertime was pushed forward or back to accomodate.
I treasure those times. Some of my best childhood memories were things we talked about at the dinner table! I am trying to do the same thing with my family.
I read a report today that says family dinners don’t lead to better behaved children. I respectfully disagree!
According to the Journal of Marriage and Family, sharing a family dinner doesn’t have any particular benefits.
Teens who engaged in family dinners did have fewer symptoms of depression, but the study didn’t show any notable effects on delinquency, drug and alcohol use, or overall well being.
What are your thoughts?