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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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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 [...]

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” [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Seven Mealtime “Games” to Encourage Family Dinners

by Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD and Liz Weiss, MS, RD aka The Meal Makeover Moms 

It’s hard to believe we’re back to the daily routine of stuffing backpacks, assembling school lunches, and checking nightly homework but that’s the new reality for us and for families everywhere. With school back in full swing [...]

Eat Better, Eat Together with Family Meals

by Ashley Rosales, R.D.

For some families, eating together is reserved for special events and holidays, like birthdays or Thanksgiving. These special occasion meals allow families to connect with each other, strengthen family ties and pass on family cultural traditions.

But family meals don’t have to be reserved for special [...]