Tuesday, September 29, 2009

FEED THE LOVE: Community Family Dinner Night, October 22, 2009

Last spring, Sewickley Academy brought Dan Kindlon, Ph.D., Harvard School of Public Health, to talk with us about his latest studies, documented in his book “Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age”. One of the more interesting results of his “Parenting Practices at the Millennium Survey”, which was designed to identify risk factors for teenager problems, is that one of the key factors that distinguished teens who didn’t have problems is that their families frequently ate dinner together.

Very simple. But very difficult, sometimes, to do. So to gain awareness to this simple, yet significant, activity, Youth Connect declares October 22 as Family Dinner Night for the community. All families are encouraged to sit down together for dinner on this night, whether at home or at a restaurant; whether over a home-cooked meal or a take-out pizza. The goal is that all families in the community are sitting down together and talking about their day.

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