Our MOPS group discussed the importance of eating family meals together recently so I did some searching online and most research (including the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University) indicates families that don’t share meals 5-7 times a week, are one and half more times likely to drink, smoke, or use illegal substances during the teenage years.

Could that be right? Could it be something as simple as cooking a meal (or picking one up) and sitting down together could completely change the outcome of our childs life? Then it dawned on me… it’s not so much the meal, but the details surrounding it. What I mean is in the time it takes to boil some water and heat up some sauce, your teenager might actually crack a smile or divulge a detail about her day. Once the meal finally hits the table, perhaps the whole family will be talking… Who knows what can happen by the time dessert and dishes roll around…

Because of this (and the fact that I love to cook and eat) we eat most meals at home around our table. I have to admit, even though Monkey is only 2, some of her funniest moments have been when she is pushed up against the table… and who can stay mad at hubbie when he prays over you and compliments your cooking?? For me and our little family, we are hooked!