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Why You Should Fool Around at Dinner

Apr 2019

When a month starts with a whole day dedicated to fooling people, it feels like…

Using Family Dinner to Develop Grit

Mar 2019

Ask most parents and educators these days what qualities they’re interested in helping kids to…

Building Healthy Relationships at the Table

Feb 2019

Get our top tips for using the family dinner table as an opportunity to teach…

New Year, New Projects, New Stories

Jan 2019

Happy 2019! Wherever you are in your family dinner journey, we’re happy to have you…

Staying Simple for the Season

Dec 2018

It’s hard not to overcommit ourselves during this time of year. Between planning holiday celebrations,…

Our Gratitude List for November

Nov 2018

Each year around this time, we share ideas and resources to help families make the…

Don’t Be Scared of Picky Eating

Oct 2018

Don't let picky eating scare your family away from the dinner table. Try our expert…

Mastering the Split Shift Family Dinner

Sep 2018

Busy schedules got you down? Here's how to make the most of family dinner even…

Falling into Family Dinner

Aug 2018

Don't wait until fall to plan your family dinners -- get advice and tips for…

Practicing Courtesy at Family Dinner

Jul 2018

Use your family dinner table to model courtesy, kindness and civility this month!

Family Dinner Can (and Maybe Should) be a Picnic

Jun 2018

Believe it or not, taking dinner on the go can be great for the whole…

Make Memories With Family Dinner

May 2018

  Download a Printable PDF In a world where we’re constantly urged to “make memories”…

Growing with the Seasons at Family Dinner

Apr 2018

Download a Printable PDF The Family Dinner Project is based in Massachusetts, and by this…

Family Dinner: It’s Good For You

Mar 2018

  Download a printable PDF March is National Nutrition Month. For many families, nutrition is…

Your Family Dinner Goals for 2018

Feb 2018

We asked our Facebook community to share their family dinner "resolutions" for 2018. Here are…


Looking Back: A Year’s Worth of Family Dinners

Jan 2018

With Thanksgiving and winter holidays now only weeks away...


How to Give Yourself the Gift of Family Dinner This Season

Dec 2017

With Thanksgiving and winter holidays now only weeks away...

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Giving Thanks for Family Dinner

Nov 2017

With Thanksgiving and winter holidays now only weeks away...

Newsletter October

Does Family Dinner Scare You?

Oct 2017

October is a month of thrills and chills, when people delight in telling their favorite…

Newsletter September

Bring Calm to the Family Dinner Table

Sep 2017

One parent we know recently summed up her feelings about September: “It’s like I can…


Starting a Family Dinner Routine for Back to School

Aug 2017

During the summer, many families change their dinnertime habits...


Independence at the Dinner Table

Jul 2017

Resilience is a hot topic these days -- everyone wants to know how to become…

newsletter june

Family Dinners for Healthy Eating

Jun 2017

One of the many benefits of family dinners is healthy eating habits...

Newsletter May

Family History at Family Dinner

May 2017

Resilience is a hot topic these days -- everyone wants to know how to become…

april newsletter

Choosing and Using Words at the Dinner Table

Apr 2017

Our co-founder, Dr. Anne Fishel, is fond of saying that while food brings everyone to…

march newsletter

Rules, Rules, Rules

Mar 2017

“My dad doesn’t allow talking at the table. He says dinnertime is eating time, not…

February Newsletter

Showing Family Dinner Some Love

Feb 2017

Once the excitement of big family gatherings and New Year’s resolutions wears off, it’s all…

newsletter jan 2017

Making Family Dinner New for the New Year

Jan 2017

With the dropping of the famed ball in Times Square at midnight on January 1...


Celebrating the Season with Family Dinner

Dec 2016

Shopping. Wrapping. Decorating. School performances. Parties. December is full of seasonal obligations...

november newsletter

Thanks and Giving at the Dinner Table

Nov 2016

November is the month when we celebrate “The Mother of all Family Dinners,” otherwise known…


Tension Tamers for the Family Dinner Table

Oct 2016

Family dinner should be a fun, rewarding experience most of the time. After all, dinnertime…

Strengthening Family Bonds at the Dinner Table

Sep 2016

There are a number of excellent reasons to have regular family dinners, but when we…

Back-to-School Success Strategies

Back-to-School Success Strategies

Aug 2016

With the flip of another calendar page, it’s that time again. In some places, kids…

July Newsletter

Family Dinner: Boredom Buster, Brain Builder

Jul 2016

Ah, summer vacation. Everyone’s relaxing and having fun…and then it hits you. That first “I’m…

Relaxing at Family Dinner

Relaxing at Family Dinner

Jun 2016

For many families, summertime means less structured time. Without the schedules and routines that often…


The “How” of Family Dinner

May 2016

You may notice that this newsletter is a bit different from our usual. That’s because…


Being Aware at Family Dinner

Apr 2016

Family dinner, by nature, encourages us to be aware: Aware of making the time in…


Planting the Seeds of Good Health at the Dinner Table

Mar 2016

Depending on where you live, March may be coming in like its characteristic lion, or…


Love Your Time at the Table

Feb 2016

Valentine’s Day is coming soon, and with it, the annual demands that we lavish love…

Family Dinner Resolutions

Family Dinner Resolutions

Jan 2016

The New Year’s resolution is a tradition that tends to elicit one of two reactions…


A Season for Sharing

Dec 2015

This month provides The Family Dinner Project, and all of our friends, partners and followers,…


Giving, Gratitude and a New Menu for Dinner Tonight

Nov 2015

  In November, we celebrate the occasion our co-founder, Dr. Anne Fishel, jokingly refers to…


Building a Better World at the Family Dinner Table

Oct 2015

We all know that research has shown family dinners can have a number of benefits…


Keeping the Fun in Family Dinner

Sep 2015

At this time of year, everyone is in a rush. Often September means the return…


Transition Time: How to Handle Beginnings and Endings

Aug 2015

  As hard as it is to believe, the back-to-school ads are telling us that…

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Sunny Side Up: Tips for Making The Most of Summer (while avoiding burnout)

Jul 2015

  Summer is finally here! If you’ve been waiting with breathless anticipation for warmer weather,…


June 2015: Celebrating Dads and Grads

Jun 2015

For many of us, June is a busy time of celebrations and transitions. With the…

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May’s Menu: Honoring Our Mothers and Soldiers

May 2015

Need an interesting conversation starter for the table this month? Ask your family what May’s…


April’s Menu: Main Course, Verse, with a Side of Earth

Apr 2015

  Sure it’s a month famous mostly for its rainy days, but we love April…

March Newsletter

Marching Toward Spring: Tips for Conquering Cabin Fever

Mar 2015

  It’s coming! Spring is only 13 days away (or less, depending on when you’re…


All you need is Love (And Dinner)

Feb 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day Month! Perhaps the Beatles were correct when they crooned “All you need…


On the menu for 2015? Connection.

Jan 2015

Happy New Year! Despite the colder temperatures, we love January. This month is the perfect…


Five Gifts that keep on Giving

Dec 2014

Happy holidays! Let’s keep the giving spirit that started with Thanksgiving and #GivingTuesday going all…


Tips for Talking about Giving

Nov 2014

“Talking about philanthropy with children couldn’t be more important. I don’t think you can measure…


Nurturing Kindness: Try our Simple Recipe

Oct 2014

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. – William Arthur Ward October is…


The supplies your kids really need for school (no pencils required)

Sep 2014

Just like all transitions, the back-to-school season can stir up many different emotions for kids.…

Summer’s Last Course: Carpe Diem!

Aug 2014

Ah, August. The summer’s final hurrah. This month is like the last course of a…

july 2014

The Four Freedoms of Family Meals

Jul 2014

Happy 238th Birthday America! This month, we celebrate our freedom as we honor the creation…

What’s on the Menu for June? Transition.

Jun 2014

  As the school year winds down, children’s excitement for the freedom of summer often…

Mother's Day

Kids who Care? We’ve got the Recipe for Mother’s Day and Beyond

May 2014

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful, hard-working and loving moms out there! In our…

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Now Serving: 7 tips for a healthier planet

Apr 2014

Get your family excited about caring for the planet this month! Earth Day falls on…

Spring Ahead! 6 Tips for Healthier Eating

Mar 2014

  In recognition of the coming spring and National Nutrition Month in March, we want…


Ideas to Warm up Your February

Feb 2014

It’s February: the month of love and valentines and, depending on where you live, possibly…

Four Weeks to a Closer Family

Jan 2014

Happy New Year! Happy New Year! Earlier this month we officially introduced our innovative new…

Five Tips for Creating Family Traditions

Dec 2013

Few times of the year are as steeped in tradition as the December holiday season.…

Easing Tension at the Table (just in time for Thanksgiving!)

Nov 2013

Tension at the table is one of the most common reasons families choose not to…


Exploring Empathy at the Dinner Table

Oct 2013

Seeing that it’s Bullying Prevention Month, we’ve dedicated our October newsletter to cultivating bullying’s archenemy:…

Are You Ready?

Back to the Dinner Table. Are you ready?

Sep 2013

Yes, it is back to school for many, but for us at The Family Dinner…

Summertime…and the Dinner is Easy (Really – Find out How!)

Jul 2013

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in…

How Many Cooks in your Kitchen?

Jun 2013

Now that the school year is winding down, you might want to break out of…

Fostering Fairness in our Kids

May 2013

“That’s not fair!” may be the most popular complaint in the history of childhood. Kids…

Raising Resilient Kids

Apr 2013

Let’s face it: things don’t always work out the way we hope they will. For…

Making Responsibility Fun

Mar 2013

Did you know that in Japan, most schools don’t employ janitors? It’s true! Rather than…

Valentine’s Day Family Dinner

Feb 2013

Even if you have reservations at a restaurant on February 14, you can still have…

Tips for Better Family Dinners in 2013

Jan 2013

What moments filled you and your family with pride in 2012? And what positive changes…