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