Bringing Back the Family Dinner

We have always been in the habit of having family dinner. My husband and I both grew up in homes where family dinners were simply part of our life. It never occurred to me that we wouldn’t sit down and eat together. We just did. I thought everybody did. And maybe back then, most people DID.

But these days our lives have become so busy with kids’ activities and demanding work schedules, two income families, and single parent homes, that unfortunately, regular family dinners have started falling by the wayside.

My friend Christine Koh recently told me about a powerful new initiative called The Family Dinner Project, and I’m excited to share it with you. Their mission is to inspire families to enjoy food, fun, and conversation together.

How Kids Benefit from Family Dinners

Even though I already firmly believed that family dinners are an important part of building relationships and creating a healthy family life, I found this infographic from The Family Dinner Project enlightening.

For example, I had no idea that dinner table conversation may be even more beneficial than reading to our kids, and that family dinners reduce depression and anxiety and increase self esteem. It makes sense to me that regular family dinners would build connections with siblings and parents and help develop better eating habits, but did you know that there’s a strong link between family dinners and academic performance?

It’s something to think about.

Here’s another reason why I like The Family Dinner Project. Not only are they on a mission to inform, but they also educate by providing resources to help families make the most of their family dinners. Take a look at their Tips for Busy Families and these Conversation Starters. read more >>

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