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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: 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 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 [...]

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 [...]

Short-Order Cooking and the Family Dinner

Back Away from that Peanut Butter Jar!

by Bettina Siegel

On my blog, The Lunch Tray, I’m a big proponent of the family dinner, providing recipes, links, tips and resources to help busy families pull off this feat as often as possible.

But one obstacle to a stress-free family dinner is the so-called [...]

Meal Time Dilemmas and The Picky Eater

by Susan Epstein, LCSW

Are meal times a nightmare in your house? Do you feel like a short order cook?

Do you feel disrespected, ineffectual and helpless in feeding your kids?

Parents everywhere are having this problem. In our attempt to encourage and give our kids every opportunity to be independent and make choices, we have lost our edge.

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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 [...]

The Truth About Family Dinners

by Polly Dunn, Ph.D.

Earlier this year I happened upon an article by a respected family psychologist and parenting expert.  In it, he provided lots of ideas on how parents could improve their family life, a number of which I completely agreed with.  But then I got to his recommendation about family dinners.  He [...]

Sound Like Your Morning? Saved by the Menu Plan

by Aviva Goldfarb

It was a pretty typical morning.  By 7 a.m. I had cleaned up the kitchen and cleaned up dog vomit, made 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches, changed the laundry and changed a light bulb.  I had been up several times during the night with a sick child.  Andrew had left [...]