WFF participates in many special projects aimed at improving and strengthening individual and family relationships.
Family Night 2013For 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 comparedto 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 Dinners 1. Start the pattern of family dinners when children are young 2. Encourage your children to create menu ideas and participate in meal preparation 3. Turn off the TV and let your answering machine answer calls during dinnertime 4. Talk about what happened in everyone's day: school, work, extracurricular activities or current events 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 speak
STRONG FAMILIES = A STRONG WYOMING
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 three more inserts that you can download here as they become available throughout the year.Sincerely,WHMI--Strong Families Strong Wyoming