Last week, I had the chance to attend a Stouffer’s event in Ohio. The goal was to learn more about bringing families together at the dinner table and engaging in conversation with our kids.
Did you know that families who sit at the table to eat, have teens that are less likely to do drugs? Or have better grades? Or are more likely to go to their parents when a serious problem occurs? I could go and on but the facts are just that, proven facts!
There were a few experts we had the chance to hear from and while they were all great, it was family therapist, Carleton Kendrick who brought tears to my eyes. Not only can you see his passion for what he does, it was his story telling about his family at the table that touched my heart. You see, we really didn’t sit at the table to eat. My mom was a single, hard working woman. Many times she worked late and I had to fend for myself but most of the time she came home, whipped something up and stood at the counter to eat.
I have vowed to make sure our family eats the table every chance possible. We’ve always done this but hearing how much it can improve the relationships between us a family, in a positive way, it just encourages me even more to continue what I’ve been doing with my kids.
TAKE THE LET’S FIX DINNER CHALLENGE!
- 1. Sign up and register. It takes no time at all folks!
- 2. Set your family’s weekly dinner goal. (you’ll be entered into a sweepstakes too)
- 3. Update your family’s dinner status each week. You’ll be entered to win more prizes!
When you sign up to take the challenge, you will be helping a hungry family. For every person that signs up to take the challenge, Stouffer’s will donate to help feed hungry families.
I am taking the challenge and hope you do the same. It’s always a good thing to spend time with the family doing it at the dinner table, kills two birds with one stone!
Thanks so much Stouffer’s for allowing me to attend this event, not just for the educational purpose of it, but also because it really hit home for me and made me realize just how important it is to have that family time. I’m grateful for it.
To the rest of you, I’ll be posting more on this in the coming days, including some footage from Antonia Lofaso, who was on Top Chef, along with other great photos at the event!