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OPINION

What Can Parent's Do for Their Teens?
Steve Stewart, © 2012

Everyone will tell you that in the blink of an eye, your children are grown. If your children are now somewhere in their teens, you know it is true. As parents, we only have a brief few years to make an imprint on our children, to teach them what they will need to know before they are on their own. Faith, common sense, responsibility, making good decisions, courtesy, how to use a fork and knife, how to repair things that are broken, repairing broken relationships along with 250 other life realities. How will we manage it all?

A Time Magazine study offers a simple yet solid suggestion. According to Time, a big answer lies in sharing dinner times with our children, especially teenagers. According to Time Magazine:

Studies show that the more often families eat together, the less likely kids are to smoke, drink, do drugs, get depressed, develop eating disorders and consider suicide, and the more likely they are to do well in school, delay having sex, eat their vegetables, learn big words and know which fork to use. "If it were just about food, we would squirt it into their mouths with a tube," says Robin Fox, an anthropologist who teaches at Rutgers University in New Jersey, about the mysterious way that family dinner engraves our souls. "A meal is about civilizing children. It's about teaching them to be a member of their culture."

Read it for yourself.

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