According to a recent survey by Kraft Foods, Inc. and Yankelovich Partners, 7 in 10 American families still sit down to dinner together at least five days a week. The survey, which gauged Americans' dinnertime attitudes, behaviors and beliefs, found that family traditions are born from dinnertime rituals. Here are some of its findings:
89% of Americans say dinnertime is when family traditions are born. Dinnertime habits include talking about the day (92%), giving thanks (77%), telling jokes (63%), learning about the family's heritage (44%) and giving toasts (20%).
Dinners are later -- nearly 40% of families eat dinner after 7 p.m. If they could, 25% would prefer to eat earlier. For Gen-Xers, dinner is even later as one in five say they eat after 8 p.m. each night.
Kids are mealtime CEOs, as 94% of families say kids choose what's for dinner on weekdays.
Nearly 4 in 10 families decide what to eat only minutes before they start cooking or preparing foods.
Eight in 10 Americans say they have their own "place" at the table.
Nearly half of Americans spend 45 minutes or more preparing dinner, but only 30 minutes or less eating together.
Kraft Kitchens visited thousands of moms coast-to-coast to get first-hand feedback on mealtime challenges and gather tips and ideas to make mealtimes magnificent. The Kraft Kitchens M.O.M. Report, a compilation of the best 365 tips collected throughout the year, will be available early next year.