The Family Dinner

A simple ritual has been gradually losing its footing within families for some years now and experts believe its loss is at the root of many of our present social crises. A new book called The Family Dinner – Great Ways to Connect with your Kids One Meal at a Time by Laurie David seems to be sparking a movement to re-instate this waning tradition and benefit greatly as a result. The book itself features recipes, games, tips, conversation topics and more. The Huffington Post has thrown in its support by launching a new Friday feature called the HuffPost Dinner Download – Conversation Starters for Your Family Dinner: “Every Friday afternoon, just in time for dinner, our editors will highlight one of the most compelling news stories of the week — stories that will spark a lively discussion among the whole family.”

In our household we play a game called “Highlight of the Day” in which we work our way around the table encouraging each person to share his or her day’s “highlight”. Inevitably fun conversation ensues and even if not, we all enjoy a quick peek at a day through the eyes of a family member. We don’t do it every day but when we do, it’s always rewarding.

Opportunities for “family time” within the busy schedules so many of us maintain can be rare. The Family Dinner provides great inspiration as well as guidelines for easily creating new memories and connections within your family. Below is a video of one of the games suggested in the book. I dare you to watch and not smile. As we head into the season of holiday gatherings here’s to sharing laughter with family.


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