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Marconi Proclaims Today, Sept. 24 as 'Family Day'

Ridgefield's First Selectman urges families to dine together in order to prevent substance abuse.

First Selectman Rudi Marconi has sent out an official message proclaiming today, September 24, 2012, as “Family Day—A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children” The proclamation urges parents to spend time with their children in order to lessen the possibility of drug use.

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“Whereas, the use of illegal and prescription drugs and the abuse of alcohol and nicotine constitute the greatest threats to the well-being of America’s children; and

Whereas, 17 years of surveys conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University have consistently found that the more often children and teenagers eat dinner with their families the less likely they are to smoke, drink, and use illegal drugs; and

Whereas, the correlation between frequent family dinners and reduced risk for teen substance abuse is well documented; and

Whereas, parents who are engaged in their children’s lives—through such activities as frequent family dinners—are less likely to have children who abuse substances; and

Whereas, family dinners have long constituted a substantial pillar of family life in America; and

Now, Therefore, I, Rudy Marconi, First Selectman of the Town of Ridgefield, on behalf of the Ridgefield Board of Selectmen and the citizens of Ridgefield, herby recognize that eating dinner as a family is an important step toward raising drug-free children, and herby proclaims Monday, September 24, 2012, as ‘Family Day—A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children’ and urge all citizens to recognize and participate in its observance." 

Thomas Soukup September 25, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Hello Rudy Your proclamation strikes a wonderful symbolic cord but little more. I would love nothing better than to hearken back to the days of the old farmhouse where two,perhaps three generations of people gathered around the dinner table and talked about their day. I am sorry to say that few of us can afford that luxury and still live in Connecticut, let alone a town like Ridgefield. Most families are burdened with a stiff mortgage and taxes which have escalated to the point where a two wage earner family is the norm. That assumes all can retain employment during these difficult times. Assuming a family can get by with a single wage earner, the grueling pace of a 12 hour day and a long commute often negates the possibility of a family dinner on most work days. Even the activities of today's young people take them beyond the dinner hour. I respect your desire to reduce drug related problems, particularly among our young people. Raising awareness through sound parenting is a 24/7 proposition which I am sure you would agree. While having a family dinner on a regular basis would be preferable, the concept is out of touch with reality for most families.
Bink September 25, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Thomas, I think you are correct that families don't always have time to sit down together for dinner, but why is that? Is it because the economy is so tight that both parents need to work to put food on the table? I don't think so. I don't sense the situation is that dire in Ridgefield. i think both parents work because they want more material goodies to play with. They want fancy cars and a membership to a country club and they want to be able to take a vacation picture in front of palm trees so they can show off to neighbors in the annual christmas card photo competition. That's why both parents work and are not home for dinner. Parents are choosing to leave their kids alone so the parents themselves win in the race against the Jones family. The collateral damage is their kids are left without supervision and delve into drugs. I think for the first time in history, we have a generation of adults who are more into their own personal lives, than the lives of their children.
Thomas Soukup September 25, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Blink I agree, you will find a parental group which place their selfish material interests above that of their children. This dynamic is not reserved for the wealthy. I have found that group to be in the vast minority here in Ridgefield. In my circle of friends, most are sacrificing for their children, saving to insure a good education and healthy environment in which to grow. Good parenting is far more complex than just breaking bread with your children. I don't wish to imply that Rudy is not aware of this but I feel that fluff pieces such as his, do little to change the reality of the situation.

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