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What is the benefit of a family dinner?

ipsedixit Nov 29, 2013 08:20 PM

More food for thought.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/S...

  1. EWSflash Nov 30, 2013 07:16 PM

    In my youth I lived next door to a lawyer's daughter that was a hopeless junkie. She came over and complained one Thanksgiving that she had laryngitis and she thought her parents would think she was fucked up (her words)- meanwhile, she was. God deliver me from drug addicts, seen too many of them try to maintain during the holidays and not fooling anybody.

    1. HillJ Nov 30, 2013 10:55 AM

      Other than some truly unusual dinners (meaning unexpected) that included the hookah experience, I can't find a single sentence worth acknowledging in that article. Wrong framing of the family meal in my opinion.

      1. linguafood Nov 30, 2013 09:15 AM

        Family dinners just wouldn't be the same without drugs.

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        1. re: linguafood
          babette feasts Nov 30, 2013 03:05 PM

          ... or remotely tolerable!

        2. k
          kitchengardengal Nov 29, 2013 09:13 PM

          If you have a severely dysfunctional family (as I had as a teenager ), having dinner together won't curb drug use.

          If the family has dinner together nightly, and really enjoys their time together, as my sons did as teenagers, dinner isn't what keeps them from using drugs.

          That said, having a good time cooking and eating dinner together is a great way for families to interact and feel free to get to know one another.

          1. fldhkybnva Nov 29, 2013 08:59 PM

            Not sure the goal in our house was ever directly aimed at preventing drug abuse.

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