How Often Does Your Family Have Dinner Together ? See How Your Family Measures Up to Other American Families
Is your family part of the 75% who eat together most week days? –
According to an NBC poll, families are gathering around the dinner table together more often than in previous years with nearly four in five parents surveyed (79 percent) reporting that they have dinner with their families most days of the week. This finding comes as recent research shows that teens who have frequent family dinners are more likely to be emotionally content, have high-quality relationships with their parents and be drug-free.1 Additionally, the youngest generation of parents, Millennials, reported spending more time with their families over meals than Baby Boomer parents.
The poll, sponsored by Pearson and conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates, also revealed that:
- three-quarters of America’s parents (75 percent) give high marks to the education their children receive.
- parents are roughly divided about how satisfied they are with involvement in their child’s education.
- A little more than half (53 percent) say they are satisfied with their level of involvement
- almost as many parents (47 percent) wish they could do more.
In addition, the poll found that:
- 51 percent of parents believe that schools are not preparing kids to enter the job market if they do not choose to go on to college.
- 86 percent of parents say children need more than a high school degree to achieve the American Dream.
- 48 percent of parents believe their children will be better off than they are, while 40 percent say their children be worse off. When broken down by race, however, Hispanics are the most optimistic with 65 percent believing their children will be better off, followed by 59 percent of African-Americans. White parents were least optimistic with only 40 percent reporting they think their children will be better off.
“We understand that parents are looking for the best ways to be engaged and support their children’s education and development,” said Dr. Michele Borba, an internationally renowned educator and expert in parenting, bullying, and youth violence, and featured expert on the Parent Toolkit website. “That’s why NBC News’ Parent Toolkit offers parents grade-by-grade benchmarks, health and wellness tips, and advice on emotional and social development, to support their child’s success in the classroom and beyond.” See graphic below.
Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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