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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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Family Dinner…Even When It’s Just You and the Baby

By Louise Goldberg

My husband has always worked long hours.  When we were first married, eating dinner together was a luxury reserved for the weekends.  It wasn’t because we didn’t want to spend weeknights together; this was just the nature of his profession.  It didn’t seem like a big deal at the [...]

Family Dinner: A Daily Oasis to Savor

by Andrea Reiser

According to that quintessentially groovy dad, Mike Brady, “A wise man never goes to bed angry.” And being the real swell, far-out mom that I am, I’ve taken the liberty of amending that to, “A wise family never eats dinner without all its members.”

I’ll come right [...]

Dinner at Home…

by Rachael Warrington

Dinner at home, a simple statement but loaded with complication. At least that seems to be how America sees dinner at home. We would rather go out and grab something, anything, than to go home and cook a meal. I know because I have fallen into that [...]

Homogeny and Harmony at the Family Table

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by Julie Lass

About a year ago, I realized that, through shear inertia, my family had fallen into a familiar rut—one meal for us, another, significantly less colorful, meal for the children. We had a rotating menu of about 5 main course items for the kids [...]

Bring Peace to the Family Table: Better Nutrition Will Follow

 by Katja Rowell, M.D.

 

Parents know how important family meals are, but all the worry about nutrition and weight gets parents and kids stuck. One mom said that in spite of all her effort to cook and coordinate schedules to get everyone at the table, dinner is, “ forty-five [...]

When Family Dinner is No Big Deal

by Brianne DeRosa

I’ve been pondering the state of family dinner in our house for quite a few weeks now, trying to come up with something illuminating or insightful to say about this routine part of our day. I could talk about how we do it; how to organize and plan so that [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]