Sunday Sermon: Family Love

October 21, 2007 at 8:16 pm Leave a comment

My fabulous blogging friend Jen at Mommy, What’s For Dinner conducted a survey recently and asked her readers about how often they eat meals together as a family.

According to Jen’s poll, out of thirty-four participating, 44% voted eating together ‘every night’ and 47% voted for 4-5 times per week. Pretty good statistics here, but unfortunately the national average is significantly lower.

Jen states:

These days, it seems everyone is busy, so setting aside time to spend together as a family can be difficult. Since everyone needs to eat, mealtime is a great way to make sure you’re getting that quality time with your spouse and kids before everyone rushes off to activities and jobs, the average family eats together less than 2 times per week.

My MIL recently wrote down some notes from a CASA study from Columbia University, on the importance of family dinners in raising teens. She always does thoughtful things like this for me and her other kids, and I have this list posted on my fridge.

For teens, their risk of substance abuse is cut in half when:

  1. They have frequent family dinners
  2. Low levels of tension and stress among family members
  3. Parents are fair and proud of their teens
  4. Teens have a parent in whom they can confide in

I appreciate and need constant guidance when it comes to raising my family. Thank you so much Jen and Claralyn (my MIL), for your reminders and help in this area.

After Amanda wrote her post last night and mentioned the boy she danced with at the Halloween party, these reminders really hit home. Several teens are struggling and making harmful choices that can lead to more serious addictions and consequences down the road.

There are no guarantees in raising a family, but I tend to believe that eating together seems to be a very wise thing to do. If you need great meal ideas, check out Jen’s recipe website. Your meals do not need to be fancy or time consuming, a frozen Stouffer’s lasagna or ready roasted chicken will do! Have a wonderful Sunday!

** Here is a picture of the girls roasting hot dogs while camping this summer at Tanner’s Flat. Great memories of quality family time on this snowy October day in Utah.

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