The “SHARE” tag on our FMP logo reminds us to make meal planning, cooking, and dining an event for the whole family. Research studies conducted at Harvard and Purdue Universities support the idea that children who dine with family at home are more likely to experience school success, less delinquency, family cohesiveness, and better social adjustment.
It is not always possible to get your family together on a regular basis. Years ago, gathering for breakfast and dinner was commonplace. Dinner for most was a time for sharing events, ideas, having fun and planning. Today, it is not always convenient to do this at dinner time, Discuss this with everyone around the dinner table and develop a plan.
Alternative possibilities that also promote family bonding are endless:
- Gather for breakfast
- Meet for lunch
- Cook something together
- Plant a garden
- Go shopping together
- Read a book together.
- Watch a thoughtful t.v. show together and then discuss
- Go to a park regularly
- Have a game night
- Do a puzzle together
- Have a homework night
- Cook a dessert together
- Rent a thoughtful movie
What can you do to get your family started?
There are resources available to get you started. Visit these sites for “discussion starters,” dinner table activities, research descriptions and general publications.
Harvard University’s Family Dinner Project is a “A start-up grassroots movement of food, fun and conversation about things that matter. “ see http://thefamilydinnerproject.org/
Or visit the Good Project at
Purdue University’s Center for Families initiated the Promoting Family Meals Project http://www.cfs.purdue.edu/cff/promotingfamilymeals/