Reconnect Over Mealtime

Friday, August 15, 2008

Posted by Kristen - Dine & Dish

(photo courtesy of Food For Talk)
One of my biggest passions in life is encouraging parents to make family mealtime a priority. I believe one of the easiest ways to connect as a family is to sit down for family mealtime each night. Turn off the television, the telephone and any other electronic distractions and focus on the members of your family.

Julienne Smith, author of Food for Talk, a boxed set of conversation starters, is also a huge advocate for making family mealtime a priority. “The benefits to children of family mealtime are extremely positive and powerful. The University of Michigan study of children's time found that more meal time at home was the single strongest predictor of better achievement scores and fewer behavioral problems in school. Meal time was far more powerful than time spent in school, studying, church, playing sports, and art activities.”

With Julienne’s conversation starters, you can get your children to open up by using one of her conversation starter questions each night as you sit down to eat. The Food for Talk conversation starters help parents to get past the only question some can think of each evening, ”How was school?”, and creates an environment for a dynamic, open and interesting dialog between you and your family.

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This Post was written by Kristen Doyle from Dine & Dish.


While I agree wholeheartedly on the importance of family meals, I felt like saying "d'oh" to a prepackaged standardized conversation starter set. How hard can it be to just, well, listen - and adapt to your family's needs?

On second thought, I think the meal in itself should be about food, eating and being grateful for this, not about talking through the day, for me the mixup of food, day report and emotions / stuff expected is too much to focus on - and get distracted.

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