Come along and join us on discovering the importance of Family Dinners for all ages and 17 help tips for AFFORDABLE family meals that FEED a crowd (or large family).
They have broken it up into the benefit that the kids receive at different ages. I would like to highlight just a few to start off this podcast today.
Ages 1-5 (Young Children)
- Conversations at the dinner table can be even better than reading to children in boosting their vocabulary and helping them to read.
- Kids who start eating dinners now are less likely to be overweight later.
- New parents who develop dinnertime ritual feel more satisfied with their marriages. (This is huge!)
Ages 6-12 (Elementary Age)
- There is a strong link between family dinners and academic performance. Get this: even stronger than doing homework, sports or art.
- Having family dinners increased intake of fruits and vegetables and reduced fried foods, trans fats, and sodas.
- Children feel more connected to siblings and parents. (Love this)
Age 13-18 (Teenagers)
- Teens who eat regular family dinners are more likely to get A’s in school
- Teenagers who eat family dinners, they found are less likely to do behaviors like, smoking, substance abuse, eating disorders, teenage pregnancy and violence.
17 TIPS and TRICKS for feeding a Large Family or Crowd!
1: The joke about rice and beans … is true.
2: Cut the meat, don’t serve it whole.
3: Don’t forget the sides!
4: Buy Bulk.
5: Extra Freezer and pantry space.
6: Eat seasonal and ENJOY the garden and farmers Markets.
7: Freeze or Can.
8: EAT AT HOME!
9: Learn and Enjoy cooking from scratch.
10: Breakfast for Dinner.
11: Meatless Monday Meal.
12: DRINK WATER!
14: Do the work yourself!
15: Meal Planning!
16: BRING SACK LUNCHES or as they call it Brown Bag it!!!
17: GOD PROVIDES!
Curtis Stone – “Cooking is a caring and nurturing act. It’s kind of the ultimate gift for someone, to cook for them. It creates all this beautiful stuff, conversation, appreciation, romance. All the most important things in life you do around a dinner table.”
“Some of the most important conversations I’ve ever had occurred at my family’s Dinner table.” Bob Ehrlich
Make it a point to be purposeful and be wise doing it 🙂