Monday, September 24th is Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children. Founded by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA), Family Day raises awareness of the benefits of coming together around the dinner table. It’s also the perfect starting point to build a weekly tradition of cooking and eating with your family.
According to research by CASA, family meals are an excellent opportunity to talk to kids and listen to what’s on their minds. This can help parents detect problems before they start, making the difference in a child’s life that decreases their likelihood of trying drugs and alcohol. CASA recommends that parents take the pledge to become a Family Day STAR: spend time with their kids over dinner, talk to them about their friends and interests, explain the dangers of drugs and alcohol, and answer their questions.
Parents can get a hand in food preparation too by having their kids help out in the kitchen. This gives families time to chat and also helps children develop culinary skills, self-confidence, and a diverse palate – all valuable life skills that come with frequent cooking lessons. Add regular family dinners to your calendar each week by enjoying a Kids Cook Monday recipe! For more ideas on getting started, check out CASA’s collection of family dinner materials, or the Family Kit and fun recipes available on our website.