Family Cook-In: Kick-Off Preschool Luncheon

Pre-schoolers made stuffed baked apples while Don & Nicole shared ideas with parents.

Preschoolers decorated tables & made stuffed baked apples while Don & Nicole shared ideas with parents.

by donR  February 14, 2016

Six families from the Loving Tree School gathered for “Food Fun and Meaningful Conversation” around the UCF dinner tables in Ferndale Washington.  This event was our first “Community Dinner” (aka locally as “Family Cook-Ins”) and was designed using  The Family Dinner Project  core ideas. Over the next five days we will share how the FDP Organizers Toolkit helped us plan the “Family Cook-In” and make it such a fun-filled experience for everyone.

Part one: The Goal:

The goals we established for our first Family Cook-In were very specific:

  • Design child-centered activities so that 3 to 5-year-olds have fun and stay engaged in thoughtful conversation.
  • Move parents to try out the “4-Week Plan for Better Family Meals”
  • Connect with four organizations & form partnerships to promote Healthy Futures.
The children liked help from our Ferndale High School volunteers.

The children liked help from our Ferndale High School volunteers.

Follow-up phone and email interviews will measure whether goals were met. However  FYI,   three students from Ferndale High School volunteered to help the children decorate the tables and cook.  Kay Sutcliffe from the United Church Of Ferndale,     

Dianne and Nicole are planning future family Cook-Ins

Dianne and Nicole are planning future family Cook-Ins

Dianne Smith from the Ferndale Public Library and Nicole Murray (Ferndale Boys and Girls Club.) were busy comparing notes and planning future Cook-Ins within their own organizations. So we can assume that, goal #3 was met and already in motion.

in meeting with parents, Nicole Murray and I were able to present credible research studies showing how regular sit-down meals can improve children’s social skills and promote family synergy. See our article “5 Reasons To Try It.”  We also  briefly outlined four ways to implement the FDP core ideas:

  • Attend future Family Cook-Ins (AKA Community Dinners.)
  • Download “4-Weeks To Better Family Meals” and commit to trying it out at home.
  • Browse through the FDP and FMP websites to pick appropriate family activities.
  • Attend Our Parent Workshops to network and share ideas with other families.
Find lots of great ideas at The Family Dinner Project.org

Find lots of great ideas at The Family Dinner Project.org

As for the Children and parents other activities we’ll share that later this week. Stay tuned until then and visit

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