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Family Dinner with Teenagers

Meal times used to be an hour or more; now they are around 15 minutes! Did you know that? There is a shift in our society from when we were teenagers. There is most definitely a difference in our society since our parents were their grandchildren’s age.

Meal times used to be lengthy family times, when people relaxed and talked. How often, other than the holidays, does that happen? Even this time of year, many families still don’t take the time to just sit, eat, and talk.

It is why I am so very excited to share this month’s Online Parenting Class. It is about “Leveraging the Power of the Dinner Table”.

Family meals are powerful. Studies have shown that a tween/teen that eats dinner five times a week with their family are twice as likely to not use alcohol and drugs. A regular family meal a few times a week changes a teenager’s long term physical health and even has been proven to improve their school results!

The Bible even speaks about the power of food and a meal together. Christ used food and meals to describe Himself, illustrate community, and used the Last Supper as a longer-term way to continue to help us remember Him.

Meals can be powerful moments for your family. Do not miss out on those moments and the power they can provide in this New Year. Plan now to choose a few days a week that your schedule allows that you will protect as family meal nights! You won’t regret it!

Sitting in your house right now is one of the most powerful tween/teen parenting tools you can have. You probably walked right past it today and did even think about! It has the power to change your tween/teen.

This simple tool, that is in almost every single home in Australia can lower the risk of teen pregnancy, depression, and mental disorders.

This tool is your family dinner table! If you are willing to use your dinner table as a family a couple evenings a week, it will change your family. Like some discussion starters to get the conversation started? Email me at ann.fair@door-of-hope.org and I’ll be glad to send you some ideas.

Hope you enjoy a meal together this week!

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