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Family Blog

Real families share their dinnertime wisdom on our fun, informal Family Blog. Discover new ways to create lively conversation, get everyone involved in dinner, and bring your family closer together, one meal at a time.

Real Family Dinner Projects: The Trip Family

March 5th, 2019

A family of five from The Netherlands explains how giving their kids control in the kitchen has made family dinners more enjoyable for everyone.

How My Kids Learned Grit From a Dinner Disaster

February 27th, 2019

Would you turn your elementary schoolers loose to cook dinner on their own? Read one mom’s story of how she did just that, and taught her kids grit in the process.

Real Family Dinner Projects: The North Family

February 4th, 2019

Meet the North Family! Due to this family’s special circumstances, we’re publishing their story with all names and identifying details changed so that we can help them adhere to strict privacy guidelines related to their foster-to-adopt journey. We hope their insights into the unique challenges and joys of sharing family dinner with their three children […]

Real Family Dinner Projects: The Buck Family

December 5th, 2018

We’re pleased to introduce the Bucks, a family of four who are committed to family dinners, despite busy schedules, because of the potential benefits to their children. The Family: Jamie and Sara Buck and kids Alex (13) and Katie (8). The Bucks live in Leawood, Kansas. The Goal: Sara says that the family has been […]

Real Family Dinner Projects: The Khan Family

October 1st, 2018

A family from the UK shares the dinner table ideas that keep their family close and their energetic toddlers happy during family mealtimes.

Real Family Dinner Projects: The Denoy Family

September 4th, 2018

A busy family from Texas shares how they prioritize sit-down family dinners, despite a long list of extracurricular activities and a full schedule.

Real Family Dinner Projects: The Aaser Family

August 1st, 2018

An extended family from Minnesota shares how cancer helped them to create a positive family dinner ritual that brings them closer every day.

Real Family Dinner Projects: The McGrath Family

June 27th, 2018

With one parent out of the country for some time, the other works on a family dinner routine to help prepare four children for an international move.

Real Family Dinner Projects: The Geller-Pyne Family

May 31st, 2018

Rotisserie chicken, Bob’s Burgers and shared responsibilities: Find out how these busy working parents of a young athlete manage family dinners.

Real Family Dinner Projects: The Lorenz Family

April 30th, 2018

From scheduling Sunday dinners to creating silly snacks, learn the Lorenz family’s tips and tricks for fitting in family dinners around sports season.

Real Family Dinner Projects: The Budheges Family

March 29th, 2018

The creator of Crate Your Phone and her family share their strategies for preserving face-to-face connection at family dinner, even on busy evenings.

Real Family Dinner Projects: The Donner Family

February 28th, 2018

A family of five from Lincoln, Nebraska shares their struggles with picky eating, along with tips for getting everyone involved in dinner prep and cleanup.