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


Family Dinner and the Food Revolution

By Laurie David

Wow.  It certainly has been quite a month of good reading at the Blog for Family Dinner!  We’ve seen topics ranging from the benefits of family dinner to cooking with your kids to games for the table to dealing with picky eaters and we’ve learned a lot of new recipes [...]

Family Talk Time

by Sue Atkins

I am a real advocate of families sitting down and eating together as it creates a bond, a connection and makes life fun. Kids can chat about their day, their worries or just spend time with you, and you can share your life [...]

We Eat Together

by Becca Ludlum

It was never much of a thought. My parents always made it a priority to eat dinner together, so I do the same with my family. My hope is that my two boys never second guess the routine and do the same with their families, too, but [...]

Short-Order Cooking and the Family Dinner

Back Away from that Peanut Butter Jar!

by Bettina Siegel

On my blog, The Lunch Tray, I’m a big proponent of the family dinner, providing recipes, links, tips and resources to help busy families pull off this feat as often as possible.

But one obstacle to a stress-free family dinner is the so-called [...]

The Value of Cooking and Eating as a Family

byJulie Negrin, M.S.

I come from a large Jewish family known for hosting fun and boisterous meals that last for several hours. While I was growing up, my three siblings and I would share the overcrowded table with our cousins and friends while my mom or aunt served a simple homemade meal. We’d [...]

Blame it On…

By Jennifer Grant

Blame it on my husband’s travel schedule.

Blame it on my four children’s soccer, lacrosse, and softball games.

Blame it on my daughter’s passion for viola or my son’s commitment to cello.

Blame it on whatever you’d like, but my family isn’t able to sit down and eat dinner together [...]

Picky Eater Special: Make-Your-Own Taco Salad

by Deb Koenig

When I moderated a panel on dealing with picky eaters at the BlogHer Food conference in May, I snagged a handful of good ideas for experimentation. The biggest one: Taco Night. All three of my co-panelists proclaimed it a can’t-miss way to make everyone happy, even if—as Caroline of [...]

Make Family Dinners a Weekly Ritual with The Kids Cook Monday

by Joey Lee


Over the last 30 years, there has been a dramatic shift not only in what we eat, but how we eat. More and more kids come home to an empty house after school and rely mostly on processed snack foods and microwaveables to sustain themselves until their parents arrive [...]

Favorite Family Meals: Pizza Night 4 Ways


by Jana Christian

One of our favorite family meals is pizza. Unfortunately, food allergies and preferences makeordering takeout impossible. Instead, I make one vegan (i.e. egg-free, dairy-free) pizza crust and top it four different ways.

Yes, it takes a bit longer than calling the local pizza joint, but everyone is satisfied (the kids like the taste [...]

Try, Try Again


by Angela Matthewson

“Oh, no! My child is going to be that kid who will only eat mac’n’cheese and chicken nuggets!!” Naturally, this has been my internal monologue every time my little one rejects a new food, especially a fruit or vegetable.  On the outside, I calmly tell my husband that we’ll [...]