The Family Table


| Share

The Family Table: Eat, Connect, Savor

Connect - Take the Family Table Challenge, Subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on Facebook

Family Meals Matter

Among the most lasting and powerful traditions in family life is one that seems to have more influence than almost any other – the family meal. Recalling your favorite family experiences usually leads to thinking of such times as the weekly Sunday meal, family mealtimes during Thanksgiving or other holidays, or a Saturday morning breakfast with Mom or Dad. Why are family meals so powerful? Sharing a family meal provides an experience that touches all of our senses – sight, touch, taste, smell and listening to warm laughter or good conversation. Family meals help provide a regular, consistent opportunity to create a shared experience that is meaningful and offers a sense of belonging to all. Research has shown that regular and meaningful family meals offer a large variety of benefits to children and parents.

Family meals offer the opportunity to connect with each other, communicate about family happenings, and give each other time and attention. While families are encouraged to share meals, not every meal has to be a sit-down dinner extravaganza. The most important thing about family meals is to make them frequent, fun and family-centered. - Read More

Family Mealtime Conversation Starters

  • Tell me about a time when you had to be really brave.

  • What would be your perfect weekend plans?

  • Who did you have lunch with today?

Download and print more conversation starters

Family Meal Calendar

Download and print the October Family Meals Calendar to keep track of how well you're doing on your family mealtime goal.

Creative Commons License
Feel free to use and share this content, but please do so under the conditions of our Creative Commons license and our Rules for Use. Thanks.