We all worry about our kids and the decisions they’ll make as they get older and face temptation. We read books, go to conferences, find experts, anything we can to help them. But next time, try dinner. A recent study showed that kids who eat at least five meals a week with their parents were up to 35 percent less likely to develop an eating disorder. And, Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse concluded after a 10-year study that family meals reduce the risk of substance abuse. Why? Because parental engagement is the number one indicator of success for children.
Plus for older children and teenagers, meals are a terrific time to sharpen their worldview, and yours. Pull out a headline from the news or print out Chuck Colson’s daily Breakpoint commentary. It will make you think and give you something timely and interesting to talk about from a worldview perspective.