Category Archives: 2016

The Family Dinner Table: Fill It With Love

Bring "Love" to the dinner table every day.

Bring “Love” to the dinner table every day.

by donR  February 15, 2016

Valentine’s Day is over. Well, it’s over for Hallmark as they prepare their shelves for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. But that doesn’t mean the “Spirit of Loving” cannot be expressed every day as we go on with our lives. Wouldn’t it be easy to reflect upon the goodness and love that each member brings to a family meal? Here are some possible rituals that could be incorporated into your family meal, game or conversation. Continue reading

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: Continue reading

Our Family Cook-in Series Kicks-Off

by donR  February 10, 2016

Our first Family Meal sequence will begin on February 12th 2016. Stay tuned for more workshops and presentations.

Our first Family Cook-In Series will begin on February 12th 2016. Stay tuned for more workshops and presentations.

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.) Continue reading

“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. Continue reading