by donR February 10, 2016
The Family Meals Project team of volunteers will gather at United church of Ferndale to introduce the idea of having food fun and conversation during meals . The Loving Tree Preschool Children and their parents will be treated to a sit-down meal, play games and engage in meaningful conversation.
The idea of having food fun and conversation during sit-down dinners is not a new idea. Most children of the post-depression era ate with family around the dinner table; at least everyone I ran around with.. However the Whatcom County health Department reported a decline in the number of children sitting around the table for dinner in a 2008 study. (But I’d guess that the decline started when tv dinners, drive-in restaurants and cell phones were popularized.)
To encourage sit-down dinners, our Family Meals Project volunteers and partner organizations like the Ferndale Boys and Girls Club are offering these workshops for families wishing to learn more about “Four Weeks To Better Family Dinners,” a program developed by “The Family Dinner project.”
By visiting their website your family can download the manual and commit to the 4-week plan at home. You can choose, instead to attend a “Community Dinner” (locally named “Family Cook-In”) where the food, fun and meaningful conversation ideas are practiced with other families.
Watch our calendar and posts for dates and times announcing local parent workshops and a sequence of family meals. If you want to host your own Family Cook-In Series or assist in ours, we will periodically hold training presentations.