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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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My Little Kitchen Helpers

by Rebecca Horsman, MS, RD

There is a scene in an old episode of “The Simpsons” where Bart asks Marge if he can help prepare Thanksgiving Dinner, and she lets him do the cranberry sauce. He looks in the wrong cupboards; Marge directs him.  He doesn’t know what to do next; Marge instructs him [...]

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 [...]

Family Style

by Jennifer Joffe

With all the changes we have made in our home, the most pride  for me comes in watching my kids eat.  They ask for seconds on salads, enjoy grilled fish, shrimp, sweet potatoes, asparagus, green beans.  They snack on edamame, apples, oranges, and love when fresh berries are in season.  We [...]

Getting on Top of the Dinner Plan: What I Learned from Running a Recipe Newsletter

by Kati Chevaux

This is Kati and I work at Cozi, the family calendar and organizing app. In the spirit of helping families get more home-cooked meals on the table, I’d like to share a story about what I learned making dinners for my own family over the last year while I was [...]

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 [...]

A Resolution to Reclaim Dinner….

 

by Billy Mawhiney

It is that time of year where we realize as we put on our pants, that they are a little more snug due to the holiday party platters, and we refocus on the gym (at least for a few weeks), or quit the nicotine habit, or [insert vice [...]

Family Dinner: It’s Not Always Pretty

by Sally Kuzemchak, M.S., R.D.

Before kids, family dinner went something like this: My husband and I would cook a meal together, talking in great detail about our respective days like we had all the time in the world (because we did). Then we’d take our steaming plates of food [...]

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 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 [...]