Hindu Mommy

September 25, 2006

Today is Family Day

Filed under: Kids,Parenting — hindumommy @ 11:48 am

image6.jpgToday, September 25 2006 is th 5th Family Day….a day to pledge to eat dinner regularly with your children.

Eating dinner together as a family reduces substance abuse by 70% among children and teens.

Substantially reduced substance abuse is not the only benefit – Kids are half as likely to try cigarettes, one third as likely to try alcohol and get better grades in school.

According to recent statistics, less than half the families eat dinner together atleast 3 nites a week so it’s a habit we as a nation need to start practising more religiously.

Of course, our family dinner times consist of more talking and less eating by the kids 🙂 

Some of the recommendations to have fun family dinner nites are

  • Start the pattern of family dinners when children are young.
  • Encourage your children to create menu ideas and participate in meal preparation.
  • Turn off the TV and let your answering machine answer calls during dinnertime.
  • Talk about what happened in everyone’s day: school, work, extracurricular activities or current events.
  • Establish a routine to start and end each meal. Light candles, say grace or tell a story.
  • After dinner play a board game or serve dessert to encourage the family to continue the conversation.
  • Keep conversation positive and make sure everyone gets a chance to speak.
  • For more information, go to http://www.casafamilyday.org/

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    1 Comment »

    1. Your comments here are so true. I recall when I was a child, we always sat down to a meal together; however, my mother’s opinion was that “children are to be seen, not heard:” thus, the only dinner conversation was between her and Dad and the occasional “please pass the butter.”

      I, too, required my entire family to be together at mealtimes; however, I encouraged my children to engage in conversation. We can learn so much during these times, learn where our children are emotionally and scholastically and actually even learn things from them. After all, learning is a two way street: it’s not just us teaching our children.

      Another thing that made a difference, especially since drugs were quite prevalent in the schools by the time my kids reached junior high, was they were raised in a home where they never saw alcohol and certainly not the abuse of alcohol. This actually prevented them from becoming alcoholics, which was a problem on my Dad’s side of the family, and it prevented drug abuse. They did experiment with both but quickly decided they didn’t like the effects each had on their minds.

      I wish more parents realized that their children are born with a blank slate. By everything parents do and say, they write out the child’s life; having a profound effect on them for the rest of their lives. We must take great care with what we write into their lives by the things we say and the examples we set before them. Parents must live what they preach and teach: otherwise, confusion reigns, and that is of the Devil.

      Thank you for this article. I really enjoyed reading it. Visit me sometime at http://bonnieq.wordpress.com

      Love in Christ,
      BonnieQ
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      Comment by bonnieq — September 25, 2006 @ 2:02 pm | Reply


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