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Strong Families. Strong Wyoming.
WHMI participates in many special projects aimed at improving and
strengthening individual and family relationships.
Family Night 2013
For nine years, Wyoming’s First Lady teamed up with
partners from around the state to present Wyoming
First Lady’s Family Night designed to help families
make the most of their time together.
Whether you’re cooking a gourmet meal or ordering
food from your favorite take-out place, rest assured
that what your kids really want at the dinner table is
YOU! Family meals are the perfect time to talk to
your kids and to listen to what is on their minds. More
than a decade’s worth of research by The National
Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at
Columbia University has consistently found that the
more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less
likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.
How does Wyoming Participate?
Here in Wyoming, we are in our nint year of statewide
Family Night participation! Wyoming’s First Lady Carol
Mead is teaming up with WHMI Strong Families Strong
Wyoming and other partners from around the state to
get families together! This year’s booklet includes
family fun recipes for celebrating Family Night 2013.
The booklet also includes a message from Wyoming’s
First Lady encouraging families to stay connected; tips
for good communication; parent letter with tips on how
to use the booklet and good conversation strategies;
characteristics of strong families; and much more.
Click here for Wyoming’s News Release on
Wyoming First Lady’s Family Night for 2013.
CASA’s 2012 report The Importance of Family Dinners VI
(click here for Casa 2012 Report) found that compared
to teens who have frequent family dinners (five to
seven per week), those who have infrequent family
dinners (fewer than three per week) are:
Twice as likely to use tobacco;
Nearly twice as likely to use alcohol; and
One and a half times likelier to use marijuana.
There is also a connection between the frequency of
family dinners and a teen’s access to drugs. Compared
to teens who have frequent family dinners, those who
have infrequent family dinners are twice as likely to
say they can get marijuana or prescription drugs (to
get high) in an hour or less.
7 Secrets to Successful Family
1. Start the pattern of family dinners
when children are young
2. Encourage your children to create
menu ideas and participate in meal
3. Turn off the TV and let your
answering machine answer calls
4. Talk about what happened in
everyone's day: school, work,
extracurricular activities or current
5. Establish a routine to start and end
each meal. 6. Light candles or tell a
story After dinner play a board game
or serve dessert to encourage the
family to continue the conversation
7. Keep conversation positive and
make sure everyone gets a chance to
STRONG FAMILIES = A STRONG WYOMING
Join us on September
23rd, 2013 for
Wyoming First Lady’s
Welcome to the Ninth Annual First Lady’s
Family Night! At WHMI, we believe that
strong families mean a strong Wyoming!
One way to strengthen your family is by
spending time together. WE want to
encourage you to make mealtime family
time in your home.
This year we invite your family to join us in
celebrating Family Night. We know how
busy families are today but also realize
how important quality time is to your
family! That’s why this year’s Family Night
resource is simple, easy-to-use, and fun
too! Download it for FREE here.
The 2013 Family Night booklet has 12
pages with family friendly recipes and tips
for good communication! WHMI has
included three fun recipes to try with your
family in the booklet. Pick one to add to
your meal! This will be followed up with 3
more inserts that you can download here as
they become available throughout the year.
WHMI-Strong Families Strong Wyoming