Family Day is a fairly new holiday, celebrated on the fourth Monday of September. This year, it falls on September 27th.
The idea is simple: Have dinner as a family at least five nights a week, to slash the risk of your kids’ using tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs.
According to research from the National Center on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (CASA), at Columbia University, the more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.
The numbers: Kids who don’t have frequent dinners with their families are almost:
- 2x as likely to have used tobacco;
- 2x as likely to have used alcohol; and
- 1 1/2x more likely to have used marijuana.
Experts note that it doesn’t matter “whether you’re cooking a gourmet meal, ordering take-out, or eating on the go. What your kids really want during dinnertime is YOU! Family meals are the perfect time to talk to your kids and to listen to what’s on their minds.”
Check out the Family Day Moms and Dads page, for great ideas, plus links to fun activities, menus, and conversation starters. It’s easy to make Family Day dinner–and all family dinners–enjoyable as well as beneficial to your kids.