Posted on | September 27, 2010
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Empty Seats: Fewer Families Eat Together
According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data:
78% of women with children between the ages of 6 and 17 work outside the home 31% of households with children are single-parent families up from 13% in 1970
Kids take part in more after-school activities than ever, and many parents have to go straight from work to soccer practice, piano lessons, or car pools. There simply isn’t much time available for cooking, and eating is often done on the run.
Data from Gallup Poll* confirms that having dinner together in the evening is difficult for today’s families.
Slightly more than a quarter (28%) of adults with children under the age of 18 report that their families eat dinner together at home seven nights a week — down from 37% in 2009. Almost half (47%) of parents say their families eat together between four and six times a week. Another quarter (24%) say they eat together three or fewer nights a week.