Research suggests that families who eat together regularly (at least 3 or 4 times a week) have reduced instances of substances in teens.
Why should I care about family meals? Julie Penkalski's research with the Hope Academy shows that Family meals provide an opportunity for family members to come together, strengthen ties, and build better relationships. They build a sense of belonging, which leads to better self-esteem.
According to the Family & Children Center, research shows that students who eat family meals have a lower chance of engaging in high-risk behaviors such as substance use and violence.
According to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, teens who have frequent family dinners than teens who have infrequent family dinners are twice as likely not to use tobacco and alcohol and one and a half times less likely to use marijuana.
According to The National Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Students who frequently have family dinners reported being less stressed than students who had family dinners less often.
McCray published research on the Benefits of Family Meals states; Family dinners benefit the entire family! It provides a time to relax, talk, and laugh together. Having a regular time to share moments with family allows you to share your experiences during the day and relax together.