The pop culture constantly tells parents the pernicious lie that teenagers don't want them around. But teenagers say something very different. CASA's [Nat'l Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse] research, for instance, reveals: "When asked whether they prefer to have dinner with their families or to eat alone, 84 percent of teens surveyed say they prefer to have dinner with their families, compared to 13 percent who say they prefer to eat dinner alone (three percent responded 'don't know' or gave no response)."
Yet, statistics show that as teens grow older they are less likely to eat with their parents. My guess is that it's because mom and dad often feel too overwhelmed to take the initiative to bring them around the table, or have bought the lie that older children don't need family time.The truth is that both parents and children experience more joy and satisfaction in life in general when we are part of a strong family unit.
Read The Importance of Family Meals, by Rebecca Hagelin