Family Dinners May Help Boost Teens' Academic Performance

Family Dinners May Help Boost Teens' Academic Performance

Sitting down to dinner as a family is important for a whole host of reasons, yet a 2004 study found that a third of families eat only one to two meals a week together at most. Those families miss out on the many benefits a family meal offers, including the opportunity to reconnect, communicate, and share ideas at the end of the work or school day. But this communication does more than just strengthen family ties: research shows that teens who have frequent family dinners are 40% more likely to say they receive mostly As and Bs in school. They're also less likely to use alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana, be obese, or engage in sexual activity. Understandably, they're also less likely to suffer from depression, which might be due to the support and communication family dinners offer. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.

The Secrets of Family Dinner, with Bruce Feiler


Key Facts In This Video

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    The U.S. ranked 33 out of 35 countries in terms of having family meals together. (0:22)

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    Families can reduce sibling conflict by assigning them a collaborative task to be completed just before dinner. (1:13)

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    Research shows that parents do 2/3 of the talking during dinnertime. Experts recommend letting children speak at least half of the time. (4:38)

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