LETTER: Teens get more than good food at dinners with their families

To Ozaukee Press:

Boneless beef sirloin steak, soy sauce, water, hoisin sauce, cornstarch, grated ginger root, sugar, crushed red pepper, ground black pepper, minced garlic, cooking oil, sliced carrots, whole baby corn, red peppers and rice.

These are the ingredients of Schezuan beef stir fry, but they also could be ingredients that help keep children drug free.

Good food, great conversations and loads of laughs are what family dinners are made of.

The conversations that go with dinner help parents learn more about their children’s lives and better understand the challenges they face.

Busy schedules may make it hard for families to get together for regular family meals, but consider all the benefits of gathering around the dinner table.

Family dinners are about more than just sharing a meal.

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse created Family Day, which has been held on the fourth Monday in September every year since 2001, to encourage parents to make family dinners a regular part of their lives.

Years of research at Colombia University found that teens from families that always eat dinner together were much less likely than other teens to use drugs.

We encourage families to start or continue a tradition of sharing meals as a way to facilitate parental engagement.

Dinner conversations can be simple, powerful and effective ways to help keep our children free of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

For more information on Family Day, please visit www.CASAFamilyDay.org or contact Starting Point of Ozaukee at
262-241-1004 or start@startingpointwi.org.
Shea Halula
Starting Point of Ozaukee


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