The Hour That Matters Most

Posted on Apr 11, 2012

Often when people find out that I am a psychotherapist they ask me a therapy question. I don’t always have an easy answer (or the one they want to hear) but I generally do have an opinion I’ll share.

Waiting for my husband at the doctor’s office this week one of the attendants asked, “So how can you make sure that your kids stay on the right track and don’t get into drugs and things and that you know what’s going on with them?” I smiled and held up the book I was reading, The Hour That Matters Most: The Surprising Power of the Family Meal. It doesn’t come with a guarantee but extensive studies have shown spending time with family makes children between the ages of 13 and 24 the happiest and 67 per cent of teens in America want to spend more time with their parents. “Not my kid”, you say. You would be surprised as I have found this to be true in my work with adolescents and young adults. The book offers some great and fairly easy ways to implement regular family meals (notice I didn’t say every night)) and it points out some huge benefits.

It is definitely something I have been talking about with parents and families for many years. Send me an email if you would like to further discuss this topic and again the book is, The Hour That Matters Most by Les and Leslie Parrott with Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna.