Did you celebrate Family Day Monday? The Sedgwick County Commission made it officially Family Day with a proclamation. The idea is to encourage families to eat dinner together. Several studies have shown that families who eat dinner together frequently have fewer problems with teen smoking, drug abuse, and behavior problems.
That started me thinking about my own experience, growing up in a family of four boys. We ate dinner together nearly every evening, though my traveling-salesman dad was often gone when we were younger.
I seldom ate breakfast with my own children, but dinner was consistent. Most of the time I cooked the evening meal.
My family was not perfect, but we had no major problems. I believe dinner is a great time to talk, and communication is key to raising good kids. I also realize that work schedules and outside activities can make it tough to gather around the table. But do it if you can. Families need that togetherness … even if just for a few minutes over meatloaf and potatoes.
Our thought for today is from Ronald Reagan:
“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”