This post represents a compensated editorial partnership with The Family Dinner Project. All storytelling and opinions are, of course, my own.
For about a seven year stretch, family dinners were extremely hard to come by in our home.
Studies show that kids who eat with their families frequently experience increased emotional well-being, do better in school, and are more likely to make better choices in life. Eating together as a family at home can even be a stress reducer and a cash saver for adults.
We wanted all that – we’ve always wanted the best for our kids and family as a whole – yet family dinners were a rare reality. Many of us have or will experience trying times that make consistently coming together for dinner as a family impossible, or close to it.
Even soccer practices, dance rehearsals, playdates, and work can easily bump family mealtime lower down the priority list faster than your baby can launch his cheerios from the highchair 😉
Yet we all know the unique mix of magic and mayhem of family dinner is worth fighting for! A family meal is the perfect opportunity for parents to expose children to different foods and expand their palate, teach portion control, and discuss details of the day with kids. It’s even an ideal setting for helping family values, like giving back, to slowly but surely work their way deep down into kids’ hearts.
That’s why the mission of The Family Dinner Project is so important! They aim to inspire families to enjoy food, fun and conversation together. It’s all about returning to a simpler and more meaningful way of doing life together.
Between December 2-16, join us to kick off #familydinnerforward, an initiative (and fun contest!) to inspire families to give – whether within the family to one another, or to others outside of the family. To participate, simply snap a dinner/giving related photo and share it via Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #familydinnerforward. All shares between December 2nd and 16th are eligible to win an amazing dinner themed prize from Lenox! We are stoked to do this and would love to hear if you’d like to join us! 🙂
Your turn to talk back: Tell us about what family dinners mean to you – Do you struggle to make them happen like we did (and sometimes still do)? Will you be choosing a dinner related act of kindness to give back to others? Will you be participating in Giving Tuesday?
What an awesome project! We always ate family dinner together when I was a kid. Even if certain family members weren’t there we knew that the family was sitting down to a home cooked meal every night (except for the rare eating out treat of course). I still treasure those memories.
That is awesome Emily!
Yes, it’s really worth eating together as a family to feel more grounded in our identities, too. Conversation is easier to keep open when we at least sit down at the table every evening.
So true Susan! Thanks for weighing in!
We always eat dinner together! It seems like the one time during the day where we all just get to sit & be together.
So important to prioritize! So glad you’re making it happen!
we love eating dinner together! It’s not something the Hubs and I grew up doing, but we want to create a different environment for our family 😉
That is so great Michelle – love that you’re doing what’s best for your family!