Saturday, March 6, 2010

Found these facts on Families eating at the table

These came from www.dinewithoutwhine.com.

Liked them and thought I would share.

Facts That Can't Be Ignored...

- The average parent spends 38.5 minutes per week in meaningful conversation with their children. (A.C. Nielsen Co.)

- Family dinners are more important than play, story time and other family events in the development of vocabulary of younger children. (Harvard Research, 1996)

- Frequent family meals are associated with a lower risk of smoking, drinking and using drugs; with a lower incidence of depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts; and with better grades in 11 to 18 year olds. (Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 2004.)

- Adolescent girls who have frequent family meals, and a positive atmosphere during those meals, are less likely to have eating disorders. (University of Minnesota, 2004)

3 comments:

Little Miss Muffins Cakes! said...

Very nice! I'm so glad that my family is able to eat dinner together every night and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Harleyfamily7 said...

I love eating dinners with my family. It is worth all the hard work a times to get dinner on the table. It's especially worth it when there is lots of giggles and laughter!

Mindy said...

Thank you for sharing - so glad we are able to have family dinners together, although our kids are only 4 & 2. :)