3. Family Dinners Help Kids "Just Say No"

By eating regular well balanced meals it has been found that children are much less likely to take up drinking alcohol, smoking and taking drugs and more likely to say ‘no’ to substance abuse.

Elizabeth Planet from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University firmly believes "while substance abuse can strike any family, regardless of ethnicity, affluence, age, or gender, the parental engagement fostered at the dinner table can be a simple, effective tool to help prevent [it]." Therefore it stands to reason having regular sit down family dinners will encourage family participation.

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