Yes, it is back to school for many, but for us at The Family Dinner Project, it’s just another excuse to talk about eating together! Every transition brings with it an opportunity to reinvest in the habits that make our families healthier and happier. School schedules bring with them their own set of challenges, so we want to talk about learning to make family dinner work for you. And that means meeting you wherever you are in the process. Some folks might just need a tune-up to get back into a dinner routine that got rusty over the summer. For others, the start of a new school year is the perfect opportunity to introduce family dinners for the first time. Either way, the following tips can serve as good reminders or get you started on the right track:
These tips come from our do-it-yourself program, Food, Fun and Conversation: 4 Weeks to Better Family Dinners!
What food goes best with this often stressful, back-to-school time of year? Comfort food, of course! This month’s featured recipe is our easy-cheesy enchiladas dish. It doesn’t get much simpler, delicious and comforting than this, we promise!
“One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn’t belong.”
This game is fun to play, even if you–or your kids–aren’t familiar with the old song that usually accompanies it (bonus points if you are!). Whoever goes first names three or four items. All but one of the items needs to be related in some way. The winner guesses which item does not belong with the rest of the list.
A few examples:
For an even easier variation of this game, check out the Guess the Category game!
As our children head back to school, they will meet people who are different from them – people with different backgrounds, traditions, experiences and beliefs. Approaching and talking to people who are different from us offers an incredible opportunity to expand our view of the world. Our conversation starters this month are all about dealing with difference – and exploring qualities such as being open-minded, adaptable and tolerant of others.