September is "Family Meals Matter Month".
National Family Day is designed to celebrate the positive impact parents can have in preventing their children from engaging in substance use and other risky behavior. Research shows children with parents who are ‘hands-on’ and involved in their day to day activities and lives are far less likely to smoke, drink or use other drugs. One study specifically demonstrates the power of Family Dinners; compared to teens who have frequent family dinners (five to seven per week), those who have infrequent family dinners (fewer than three per week) are almost four times likelier to use tobacco, more than twice as likely to use alcohol, two-and-a-half times likelier to use marijuana, and almost four times likelier to say they expect to try drugs in the future. The Importance of Family Dinners VII, a report from The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia). Start the habit early, the earlier in your child's life you start family meals the more impact it will have. Talk Early. Talk Often.
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