“4 Weeks To Better Family Dinners”: 5 Reasons To Try It

Children Involved in planning, cooking and sitting down with family to eat, have fun, and engage in meaningful conversation, become better students and citizens.

Children Involved in planning, cooking and sitting down with family to eat, have fun, and engage in meaningful conversation, become better students and citizens.

by donR  January 23, 2016

The “4 Weeks To Better Dinners Program” encourages families to call “time-out” and step away from the daily pressures of living in our fast-paced World. Families that choose to “step into” the kitchen to plan and prepare a meal together, play and eat while sitting at the table and share ideas during friendly conversion will discover the many benefits of adopting this routine in their lives. Here are 5 ways your family can benefit by accepting the 4 week challenge.

header-logoThe Family Dinner Project website shares hundreds of games, cooking activities and conversation prompts to make easy to get your family starting in the four-week challenge. These activities are arranged by age level so there are interesting things to do regardless of how old the children are. If you and your family are really interested in experiencing better family dinners, there is plenty of support when making the commitment. But let’s save that for another article. 

Here are five ways your family will benefit by making the four-week commitment:

  • Simply coming together on a regular basis promotes family synergy. Parents and children alike look forward to having a time to share ideas, solve problems, brag or lament in a safe environment. It’s a time to build trust and togetherness.
  • Research shows that children develop positive social skills when sit-down meals occur on a regular basis. They soon find out that there are usually two sides to every story which makes conflict resolution easier. They learn to understand and accept other points of view.
  • Children learn to become good communicators. The four-week program shows children how to become active listeners. I have found that children who are good listeners will also become good speakers and refrain from dominating or changing the conversation. They learn how to add on to the topic to make it more meaningful or appropriate.
  • Research at Harvard University shows that children who sit down  at family dinners become better students and citizens in the community.
  • And lastly, planning nutritious meals, fun games, and meaningful conversation around a relaxed dinner table, is just plain healthy for each family member’s mental state and physical well-being. Anxiety and malnutrition put stress on our bodies. A cordial, nutritious meal at the dinner table promotes healing and wellness. 

if you would like more information regarding how  malnutrition and stress affects our bodies, go to a credible website like Web-med or Mayo Clinic. Search the many articles about how stress, anxiety, inflammation and nutrition affects our children’s health and well-being.


The Family Dinner Project links   http://thefamilydinnerproject.org/resources/links/

Newsletters http://thefamilydinnerproject.org/newsletter/transition-time-how-to-handle-beginnings-and-endings/

having fun between dinner and dessert   play games    http://thefamilydinnerproject.org/fun/between-dinner-and-dessert/

fun conversations p & p  http://thefamilydinnerproject.org/conversation-2/pickles-and-predicaments/  age levels

before and afters get more fruit & veggies for kids with 60 recipes  http://thefamilydinnerproject.org/food/befores-and-afters/