S = Smarter Children:
A study by Dr. Catherine Snow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, followed 65 families over 15 years, looking at how mealtime conversations play a critical role in language acquisition in young children. The conversations that occur around the family table teach children more vocabulary and forms of discourse than they learn when you read to them. Improved vocabularies lead to better readers. Better readers do better in all school subjects.
A University of Illinois study of 120 boys and girls age 7 – 11 found that children who did well in school and on achievement tests were those who generally spent large amounts
of time eating meals with their families.
A Reader’s Digest survey of more than 2,000 high-school seniors compared academic achievement with family characteristics. Eating meals with their family was a stronger predictor of academic success than whether they lived with one or both parents. Share that with families who may not have money or education or a spouse, but do have it in
their power to eat with their kids!
Research by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA), and others, has found a striking relationship between frequency of family meals and grades. In 2003, the percent of teens who got A’s was 20% of those who ate with their families 5 or more times per week compared to only 12% of those who ate with their families 2 or less times per week.
U = Unlikely to smoke, drink, or take drugs:
According to CASA surveys:
C = Courteous and Conversational:
C = Connected to family:
E = Eating better:
S = Sharing food and conversation at meals
S = Strengthens families!!
Help families and our entire community . . .
Make mealtimes a priority:
Make mealtimes a reality by planning ahead:
For more information on Family Mealtime visit the Purdue University Center for Families’
Promoting Family Meals Project: www.cfs.purdue.edu/CFF/promotingfamilymeals
|“Come and get it!” It may be dinnertime, but when was the last time your family sat down and enjoyed a mealtogether? With music lessons, ball practice, play rehearsal, and work schedules, it can be tough. Rounding up the troops for an evening meal can be almost impossible! However, research is beginning to show that eating as a family has great benefits for your children and teenagers. Here are 8 more reasons why you should try to sit down together 5-6 times a week, whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Reason #1: Communication and Well-Being
Reason #2: Model Manners (and more)
Reason # 3: Expand Their World…One Food at a Time
Reason #4: Nourish
Reason #5: Become Self-Sufficient
Reason #6: Prevent Destructive Behaviors
Reason #7: Improve Grades
Reason # 8: Save Money
It is time to bring the “family” back to the dinner table. Sharing dinner together gives everyone a sense of identity. It can help ease day-to-day conflicts, as well as establish traditions and memories that can last a lifetime.
— by Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietician.
CASAColumbia’s 2012 family dinner White Paper finds that teens who have frequent family dinners (five to seven per week) are more likely to report having excellent relationships with their parents.
Compared to teens who have infrequent family dinners (fewer than three per week), teens who have frequent family dinners are almost one and a half times likelier to say they have an excellent relationship with their mother and one and half times likelier to say they have an excellent relationship with their dad.
The White Paper also finds that compared to teens who say they have an excellent relationship with Dad, teens who have a less than very good relationship with their father are:
• Almost four times likelier to have used marijuana;
• Twice as likely to have used alcohol; and
• Two and a half times as likely to have used tobacco.
And compared to teens who say they have an excellent relationship with Mom, teens who have a less than very good relationship with their mother are:
• Almost three times likelier to have used marijuana;
• Two and a half times as likely to have used alcohol; and
• Two and a half times likelier to have used tobacco.
Click here to download the white paper.