“Studies show that children are less likely to participate in risky behaviors if they feel supported at home,” said Leslie Clemensen, student wellness coordinator for DCSD. “Positive family communication, family support and a caring school environment are key developmental factors for children ages 5 to 17.”
According to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, the sponsors of Family Day say that dinner makes a difference when it comes to keeping kids drug-free. The group recommends that parents talk to their children, answer their questions and maintain open communication when it comes to alcohol and drug use.
DCSD’s student wellness office has a variety of resources available for families interested in learning more about the 40 developmental assets for adolescents and younger children.
Some questions to ask your children as you eat dinner on Sept. 27:
• Where would you go for a dream vacation? Why?
• If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Why?
• What is one thing you could absolutely not live without? Why?
• If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money? Why?
• If you could live in any time period, which one would it be? Why?
• What is your favorite thing you learned today?
• If you had to eat just one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Eating dinner together with your children on a regular basis does make a difference. Take a moment on Sept. 27 and connect with your family.