Sacro Desco is an Italian term for “sacred table.”

Sacro DescoIt represents a commitment many Italians have to share at least one meal all together as a family every day. According to Parade magazine, teens who have regular meals with their parents have better grades and are less likely to be depressed. Several university studies show that preteens whose parents tell family stories at dinner have higher self-esteem and better peer relationships and are less likely to smoke, drink and hang out with sexually active friends.  A study at Columbia University showed that teens who have 2 or fewer family dinners a week are more likely to smoke, drink and hang out with sexually active friends, and they are 6 times more likely to use marijuana. The study also revealed that 84% of teens said they’d rather eat with their parents than alone.

Wow!  Pretty amazing what a little time around the Kitchen Table can do for your kids!!

Here’s another little interesting tidbit:  the 3 things that we usually remember, with great happiness, from our childhood, are time outdoors, vacations and family meals.  So take some time to SLOW DOWN and make some happy memories with your kids!

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