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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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12 Adults, 16 Kids, 8 Years of Family Dinner

by Bettina Siegel

On my blog The Lunch Tray, I write a lot about the importance of family dinner, but I know all too well that for busy working families, getting everyone fed on a weeknight is often easier said than done. Sometimes a little out-of-the-box thinking is called for.

That’s why I love [...]

Unconventional Family Meals

by Rachael Warrington

Unconventional family meals…what it means to me.

We are a family of five. Both my husband and I work outside the home. Our two eldest children are ages 20 and 18. Our baby just turned 16.

As I remember growing up, even in our late teens and early [...]

A Senior’s View of Family Dinner

By Judy Ruland, as told to Grace R. Freedman

Today we present an informal chat about seniors and family meals. Our B4FD co-founder Grace R. Freedman talked with her mom, Judy Ruland, to get the perspective of why family meals are important to seniors.

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It is [...]

Family

By Maria Birch

All sorts of studies show that families are strengthened when they eat together.

We expect that most families be composed of persons related by blood or marriage or a life-commitment.

I belong to a family that has made a commitment to dine together, to eat slowly the food we prepare, [...]

Dinner with My Neighbors

by Kathleen Cuneo, Ph.D.

Getting dinner on the table night after night can be a challenge for families in today’s hectic world. Sometimes strategies like menu planning and timesaving cooking techniques can help home cooks pull together family dinners. Sometimes ordering take-out or eating out are solutions for busy families. [...]

Family Meals Matter at Every Age

by Valerie Fung-A-Ling 

We all have our epic moments that mark our kids’ independence and our own success as parents.  I realized one of these moments recently in a conversation with my eldest son, Max and his college housemate Sam.

Max and Sam share a house with two other students – all four are [...]

Interview with Maggie – a student’s perspective

by Billy Mawhiney

Originally aired 3.13.11

I had the pleasure of speaking with Maggie, an Aerospace Engineer student in her Senior year at Missouri University of Science and Technology. She speaks of balancing her struggles with everyday life in the midst of a taking a course-packed senior semester, adjusting to new [...]

When Special Needs are Brought to the Family Dinner Table

by Emily Barker

There are many benefits to eating together as a family including stronger family bonds, better nutrition and portion sizes, emotional nurturing and a sense of belonging. Kids get to be themselves, feel comfortable and build confidence. It also gives your family a chance to unwind and connect with each [...]

Fish Tacos & A High School Musical

by Cara Eisenpress

The potluck party we talk about in this post actually happened a long time ago—Jessy’s going on 27 by now—but it feels fitting to have this post so fixated on the past. High school, too, was a long time ago, but far be it from us not to [...]

All Kinds of Families and Family Dinner

by Grace Freedman

This month at Blog for Family Dinner, we explore the concept of “family” as we celebrate the importance of communal dinner rituals for everyone. Although the stereotype of family dinner usually involves two parents and all the kids sitting around the table, we know that this is not the reality for many families, even so-called “traditional” [...]