It is that time of year where we realize as we put on our pants, that they are a little more snug due to the holiday party platters, and we refocus on the gym (at least for a few weeks), or quit the nicotine habit, or [insert vice here]. The time when we say “This year’s going to be different!” Time at the Table wants to help. You can even call us an enabler if you would like!
We see grim stories posted on the media outlets of the disconnect and struggles families go through. Difficult economic times are something everyone is still facing daily, although recent slight upswings have been welcome. We believe in connecting the fantasy world we want to live in (where everyone eats dinner together and the world pauses for 40 minutes around that 7:00 pm time frame) with reality. Time at the Table will focus on two priorities in 2012:
Studies show that 1 in 4 meals are eaten in a vehicle.
Average meal cost of eating out is $8.50 per person vs. $4.50 per person at home.
It is our pledge to you to provide resources and information focusing on these principles. While you begin to refocus and organize your household as 2012 begins, we challenge you to add and prioritize the family dinner into the equation. It won’t be easy all the time. We guarantee lots of success (and failures) but assure you if you keep trying in 2 months, 6 months or even one year from now things will look differently from your side of the table.
Billy Mawhiney, Founder of Time at the Table, a nonprofit organization simplistic at heart. We focus on reconnecting families around the dinner table through our workshop’s four main ingredients: Meal Management, Creating Conversations, Table Time, and Building Self-Sustainable families. In addition, we offer a variety of free family services targeted to support families enhancing their own dinner table experience.