Summertime will be here before we know it, and with the warm weather comes the opportunity to change up the dinner table routines we’ve been sticking with all year long. It’s not just fun to take dinnertime outside; it can also be necessary, as the final weeks of the school year tend to bring a rush of last sporting events and ceremonies, and the summer months follow with adventures and excursions that can have families out of the house well past the dinner hour.
Whether in summertime or any other time of year, outdoors or indoors, a picnic dinner can be a practical and fun way to make sure that your family shares mealtimes whenever and wherever you are. Here’s how — and why — you should consider making picnics a regular part of your family dinner strategy.
Family dinner isn’t the only thing getting a little fresh air this summer! The Family Dinner Project is working on a refresh, too — a new, improved and more user-friendly website, so you can spend less time looking for the content you love, and more time connecting with your family.
Stay tuned for updates, and look for the big reveal later this summer!
While you’re eating outside, you’ve got a built-in excuse to make sure that dinner is screen-free, which presents a perfect opportunity to practice face-to-face social skills that our “digital native” kids may lack. We love this tip from Parents Magazine: Have a staring contest with your kids! The time-honored childhood activity is a great way to build comfort with prolonged eye contact, and can lead to more nuanced lessons about making eye contact during conversations over time.
This month, we’re featuring the Geller-Pyne family from Rhode Island! Quick meals that help them stay on the go are the basis of their family dinner strategy as they balance challenging work schedules with the needs of an active pre-teen.
Got time to pack something special in the basket? Try this yogurt-marinated Oven Fried Chicken for a healthier take on a picnic favorite!
What better way to enjoy a picnic dinner than with the classic “Going on a Picnic” game?
If you’re celebrating a father this month (or someone who’s like a father to you), check out the dad-focused conversation starters on these printable placemats and cards!