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Every family is looking for a way to reconnect at the end of the day, a chance to tell a few stories, share a laugh, maybe even learn something new about each other or the world. Dinner’s the perfect time and place, but we all know that some nights — somewhere between work, after-school activities and the dishes — the best parts of dinner get lost. On those nights, life seems so jam-packed that dinner starts to feel like another item on the to-do list instead of what it is: A chance to connect.
But what if you could change your lifestyle, without having to add anything to your to-do list? What if you could begin to relax, eat nutritious food, have some fun and really talk, all at dinnertime? Families all over America are doing just that, using our program, “Food, Fun and Conversation: 4 Weeks to Better Family Dinners.” The goals — regular dinners with food, fun and conversation about things that matter — are about real life, not perfection. Simple steps for busy people, but they pay off.
Research links regular family dinners with what we all want for our children:
- healthier eating habits
- higher self-esteem
- stronger resilience
- better grades
- lower risk of substance abuse
- bigger vocabularies
For more information, check out “Benefits of Family Dinner”
The program meets you where you are. You set your own goals for changing your family dinners. Maybe you struggle to come up with a meal your toddler will eat. Or your teenagers have forgotten how to talk. Or you simply can’t find time for everyone to gather around the table. Whatever your challenges, The Family Dinner Project has practical tools and resources — easy recipes for crowd-pleasing meals, silly games for diffusing tension, ways to deepen conversation — to help everyone enjoy dinner.
Studies show that the act of sharing a meal helps to build confident, caring and connected children and families. Who knew it was so close, right there in front of you every night of the week? And even better, dinner can become fun, with games to play and milestones to celebrate. “Food, Fun and Conversation: 4 Weeks to Better Family Dinners” might be just the jump-start you need to stop writing lists and start looking forward to dinner.
Week 1: Make the Commitment »