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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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What I’ve Learned from Family Dinner

by Kathleen Cuneo, Ph.D.

Recently my oldest daughter started her senior year of high school.  While we prepare and look forward to launching her into an exciting future next year, we also find ourselves feeling a bit sad and nostalgic as we experience a lot of “lasts” with her this year (e.g., her [...]

On Grandmas, Food and Memories

by Bettina Elias Siegal

This post was originally published on The Lunch Tray on April 9, 2012.

My paternal grandmother passed away yesterday. She was 96, a truly remarkable woman, and I was lucky to have had her in my life for so long.

My cousin was with my grandmother shortly before her [...]

Ordinary Pleasures

by Jennifer Grant

Sitting down for dinner with my husband and children – or whatever combination of the five of them is home – is one of my favorite, ordinary pleasures.

Almost nightly, one of my sons fixes his gaze on the butter plate and then saws thick, neat squares [...]

Spreading Mom’s Love Through Memories and Meals

by Shari Brooks

It’s amazing how much about my mom’s life I learned through her death. I always knew Mom was a very private person.  Yet, her funeral boasted myriad outsiders who were somehow touched by Mom; it was my window into her true depth of compassion for others, even during [...]

Mommy, Do You Like My Chemicals?

By Colleen Levine

In an ideal world, my two children would be encouraged to join me in the kitchen as often as possible. At the mature age of 5, however, my son has other things on his mind many evenings and my 18-month-old, well, let’s just say she hasn’t yet been quite as [...]

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, [...]

How Can We Get Our 5-year-old to Actually Join Us at the Table?!

by Amy Sung

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We all talk about how to get kids to eat more vegetables or eat healthier in general. But, what about just getting them to the table… and having them stay there to enjoy that healthy meal you made for the family? Staci Sanford-Dever posed this [...]

Dinner Game: The After-Dinner Show

By Fran Davis

Dinner time is really such a crucial part of the day for the family to get together, share their high and low points and decompress. Read more about the positive effects of eating together here. This time should really be fun and stress-free. This post is one [...]

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 [...]

Wellness Lock-In: A ‘Must Do’ For All Families

by Angela Lemond, RD, CSP, LD

I had an epiphany this past weekend. What if families scheduled random “wellness lock-ins” every 3 months or so where they purposely worked on healthy family lifestyle components? You know, things such as:

- Emphasized family time

- Family-wide random activities such as going [...]