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The B4FD Project features blog posts from guest writers that explore the far-reaching benefits of family dinner.

Family Dinner Month 2012: Sept 17 -- Oct 29, 2012

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Table Talk

by Leanne Ely

You’ve done the shopping, the chopping, the cooking, the serving, and assembled the whole family around the dinner table for a nice meal together. Now what? Sometimes getting good conversations started can be tougher than an overcooked steak (especially with teenagers). With hectic schedules, electronic devices, jobs, school, church, and [...]

Family Food Rules: Parent Earth videos

produced by Parent Earth

Inspired by Michael Pollan’s Food Rules, Parent Earth asked different parents about their Family Food Rules. Here are two videos featuring Laurie David and Melora Hardin.

Laurie David, Parent Earth Expert, award-wining filmmaker and Author of “The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a [...]

The Truth About Family Dinners

by Polly Dunn, Ph.D.

Earlier this year I happened upon an article by a respected family psychologist and parenting expert.  In it, he provided lots of ideas on how parents could improve their family life, a number of which I completely agreed with.  But then I got to his recommendation about family dinners.  He [...]

Sound Like Your Morning? Saved by the Menu Plan

by Aviva Goldfarb

It was a pretty typical morning.  By 7 a.m. I had cleaned up the kitchen and cleaned up dog vomit, made 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches, changed the laundry and changed a light bulb.  I had been up several times during the night with a sick child.  Andrew had left [...]

More Than a Meal: Benefits of Eating Together

by Angela Lemond

Recently, I was honored to speak at the Texas PTA Leadership Conference in Austin, TX on the importance of family mealtimes. The benefits of family meals go far beyond nutrition. Did you know that young people who reported eating dinner with their family 5 or more times [...]

Date Your Family at Dinner

by Jane DeLaney

I have found that generally most parents fall into one of two categories when it comes to their approach to dinnertime.

One category….. you grew up eating dinner together somewhat regularly with your family and you have a conviction to carry it forward with your own family.

The second category…..you [...]

Ready, Get Set, Go: #B4FD Family Dinner Month starts Sunday, 9.25.11

By Grace R. Freedman, Ph.D.

Blog for Family Dinner Month starts in just two days! Please join us on Sunday, 9.25.11, and check in every day to read and share the great posts from our daily Featured Bloggers. (We will publish seven days a week!)

A few months ago, my colleagues and I [...]

Teleseminar: Celebrate Family Dinner with #B4FD!

The cofounders in this project, Grace Freedman of eatdinner.org, Billy Mawhiney of Time at the Table, and Kathleen Cuneo of Dinner Together, will be will offering a teleseminar, “Celebrate Family Dinner with #B4FD!” on Tuesday September 20, 2011 at 12pm Eastern. We will be discussing why family meals matter, some tips for overcoming obstacles to family meals, recommendations for [...]

5 Tips for Successful Family Meals

by Kathleen Cuneo, Ph.D.

Once you’ve made the commitment to making frequent family meals part of your routine, you may be faced with some challenges in translating that commitment into reality. In today’s busy world, it can be very hard sometimes to organize and implement family meals. Below are some tips that may ease some [...]

Reasons for Family Dinner: Here and Now

by Grace R. Freedman, Ph.D.

We often hear about the long-term benefits of family dinner. Nonetheless, as busy parents, it can be hard to think about health and social benefits that are far down the road when you are just trying to get through the day. What can family dinner do for you [...]