One of the dates we most associate with the month of February is Valentine’s Day. But this month is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. That may not sound like a fun topic to bring up at the table, but we believe that celebrating love on February 14th and having a dialogue with your family about how to encourage and engage in healthy dating relationships can go hand-in-hand. The trick, especially with wary teens and tweens, is to get things started and then let them take the lead on how deep the conversation goes. And even if you have younger kids and don’t have dating and romance on your radar yet, you can still work on building some strong foundations for the future at your dinner table. Here are some tips to help guide you in using family dinner as a place to encourage healthy relationships:
February is also National Bake for Family Fun Month, courtesy of our friends at the Home Baking Association. Enjoy some togetherness (and yummy treats!) with their kid-friendly resources.
Meet the North family, from Western Massachusetts. The Norths are a pre-adoptive foster family dealing with ADHD, autism, and multiple food allergies while also using family dinner as a way to practice gratitude with their three young children.
While you’re baking for family fun this month, how about putting a little love into it with these heart-shaped tomato and cheese snacks?
Turn your time together in the kitchen into a challenging guessing game with this Blindfolded Smell Test.
Start talking about healthy relationships with these conversation starters.