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


B4FD Reflections: Family Dinner and Health

by Grace R. Freedman

This month, Blog for Family Dinner founders will reflect back on some lessons learned from our B4FD guest bloggers over the past year.

Family dinner is a wonderful way for kids and families to stay connected; that’s something we at B4FD talk about all the time. I believe that family [...]

How I Learned to Love Vegetables

by Ana Brady

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I have the feeling that our grandparents didn’t have to think so hard in order to eat healthy. Nowadays it’s almost rocket science to think up and stick to a natural healthy food eating habit.

My two cousins manage to do it. They turned vegetarian [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Keeping Kids Healthy, One Meal at a Time

by Elizabeth Brotherton

Ask any Italian American about their favorite family tradition, and it’s a safe bet their answer will have something to do with food.

Just ask me.

Growing up in an Italian-American family, I have memory after treasured memory of holidays, weekends and just random moments spent around my grandmother’s table [...]

Confessions from a New Mom

The following story was first submitted to the Time at the Table project that focussed on real life family dinners on 1.25.11, founded by Bill Mawhiney


by Deb Dishman

Dinner at our house in more than just a 6-letter word.  I have a very busy husband who [...]

Family Dinners: More to Enjoy than Food

by Sharon Silver

When I was asked to participate in The Blog for Family Dinner Project I wondered what I, a parent educator who focuses on discipline, could contribute that would honor their tagline “…people who care about food, family, health and the environment and believe that family dinner is a powerful force [...]

Family Food Rules: Parent Earth videos

produced by Parent Earth

Inspired by Michael Pollan’s Food Rules, Parent Earth asked different parents about their Family Food Rules. Here are two videos featuring Laurie David and Melora Hardin.

Laurie David, Parent Earth Expert, award-wining filmmaker and Author of “The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a [...]

More Than a Meal: Benefits of Eating Together

by Angela Lemond

Recently, I was honored to speak at the Texas PTA Leadership Conference in Austin, TX on the importance of family mealtimes. The benefits of family meals go far beyond nutrition. Did you know that young people who reported eating dinner with their family 5 or more times [...]