Mark Twain once said, “reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”  The same can be said about the death of the family dinner.  Whereas just a few years ago, media reports were lamenting that the American family was so busy that they didn’t have time to sit down together over a meal at the end of the day, more recent reports indicate that the family dinner is alive and well.  A 2013 report by the Corporation for National and Community Service reports that about 88% of American families eat dinner together about 5 times a week.  And this is good news, because there is a lot of evidence that eating a meal together has positive benefits for children.  The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse finds that families that eat dinner together have children and adolescents that are less likely to engage in risky behaviors, including smoking, drugs and sex, and more likely to engage on prosocial behavior, including attending school and getting good grades.

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