Families use good listening skills and add to the conversation
by donR March 6th 2016
The Family Dinner Project website has “tons of conversation starters” appropriate for any age level and on a variety of topics. These prompts can be written on cards and shared during the family dinner. This is just one of their many strategies for promoting thoughtful conversation and this is the easy part. Yes, I repeat: “Starting a conversation is easy” …compared to “Carrying On A Meaningful Conversation.” Read more about how to keep a conversation going. Continue reading
by donR February 10, 2016
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
The Sit-Down Meal: Resources by Don R
Where is the best place to go for more information about sit-down family meals? You may as well go to the group that is at the forefront when researching how families benefit from sitting down together during mealtime. Continue reading
$10 meal with Deep water whitefish
We chose to use rock cod in this $10 meal because Fred Meyers had it on sale for $3.99 /lb, it’s nutritious, and delicious when lightly poached in wine or sauce, . Each 4 oz portion of fish is served with salad, home-made soup, steamed vegetables, brown rice and seasonal fruit if available to make it a well-rounded meal Continue reading