Dinnertime Still Rings the Bell for Most Families

Who says that good old-fashioned family values are a thing of the past? Just drop in to any home (with parents and kids) at dinner hour. Chances are you'll see the entire family gathered around the table.

Contrary to popular belief, most families -- especially those with young children -- put a lot of effort into eating dinner together.

According to an online poll conducted by Parent Soup, one of the largest parenting Websites in the U.S., two-thirds of the 763 parents quizzed said they eat dinner as a family most of the time. About one-quarter of respondents said they dine together one to three times a week, and less than 10 percent said they rarely eat their evening meal with one another.

Families that have one parent at home full time were actually less likely to put importance on dining together than families with two working parents. That's because the latter view dinner hour as their one time during the day to talk to each other and bond.

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