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At Joan’s Table

Posted on: October 30th, 2013 by Amy

Joan Nathan opens up about food, fun and conversation at her own dinner table, and the sacredness of the family meal.

One Mom’s Dinner Tale: Doing it FDP Style

Posted on: October 17th, 2013 by Justine Uhlenbrock

Read how Justine turned to FDP for guidance to make dinner more fun and meaningful.

The Real Animals

Posted on: October 15th, 2013 by Amy

A story of animal cruelty raises questions about empathy, stereotyping and more

Update on our work with Mayo’s Center for Innovation

Posted on: October 14th, 2013 by John

Training the trainers to spread the word

The Family Dinner Project and Mayo Clinic: Innovating for your family’s health

Posted on: October 10th, 2013 by Jono

We were thrilled to speak at one of the leading healthcare conferences of 2013: Mayo Clinic’s Transform 2013. The Family Dinner Project has been working with Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation since summer 2012 with a special focus on family dinner and the home as an innovative hub of healthcare in a community. Learn more about […]


Exploring Empathy at the Dinner Table

Posted on: October 9th, 2013 by Jono

Seeing that it’s Bullying Prevention Month, we’ve dedicated our October newsletter to cultivating bullying’s archenemy: empathy. At the heart of this hardwired and important quality is the ability to relate deeply to another person’s experience. So, for example, when your child sees you a bit stressed out at dinnertime, he or she empathizes with you […]

14-100 Interview-20

Posted on: October 5th, 2013 by Jono

At what age do you think you first understood the true meaning of empathy? Why—what happened?

14-100 Interviews-21

Posted on: October 5th, 2013 by Jono

Do you have a role model for empathy? This can be someone you know personally, or not. How is he or she a role model?

14-100 Thought&Opinions-25

Posted on: October 5th, 2013 by Jono

Actor Javier Bardem said, “I think we are living in selfish times…we live in the so-called ‘first world,’ and we may be first in a lot of things like technology, but we are behind in empathy.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Explain.

8-13 Connections&Friendships-24

Posted on: October 5th, 2013 by Jono

Is there someone you know who is having a hard time right now? What is that they are going through?  What might you do to let them know you understand or want to understand how they are feeling?

8-13 Thoughts&Opinions-25

Posted on: October 5th, 2013 by Jono

“’Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes.” What does that phrase mean to you?

2-7 Connections&Friendships-34

Posted on: October 5th, 2013 by Jono

Have you ever been teased by a friend? How did it make you feel? How do you think a friend feels when he or she gets teased?