Contrary to previous findings, a large new study finds that family meals may have little effect on reducing teen drug use long-term
Few would disagree that sitting down to dinner together as a family is a good thing.
[Evidently, I am one of the few. By dinner time, my ears are bleeding from all the laughing, squabbling, talking, giggling, screeching, blathering, yelling, singing, ... all day long - eating the last meal of the day with yet more noise is sure to cause indigestion.]
It can help families eat healthier, encourage meaningful conversation and according to some addiction researchers, it even keeps kids from using drugs.
["Encourage" conversation? WHY??? Clearly, these parents must have very different children than ours. We are still trying to figure out how to get them to be quiet once in a while.]
My only question is: Do family dinners increase drug use among homeschooling mothers of many? Now there's a study worth looking into.