I recently came across the book, The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal At a Time by Laurie David (the producer of An Inconvenient Truth) and all I have to say is WOW! I LOVE everything about this book. The gorgeous pictures, 70+ recipes, design on the front cover, quotes and the advice from famous people are all wonderful. My favorites include Chapter 10, Your Green Table: Why Choices Matter, which discusses composting, recycling, gardening, cleaning products, and the benefits to just being outside with your family. I also liked Chapter 12, Read Around the Table: From News to Poetry---Inspiration Is Your Dinner Guest. This chapter points out that family dinners offer the perfect time for meaningful discussion about the day's events. Talking to your children at dinner builds language and communication skills and is a chance to discuss moral dilemmas, ask and answer questions about ethics, and teach values.
In order to enjoy your family dinners even more Laurie David suggests the following rules:
Set a regular dinner time.
Invite guests (the more the merrier).
Do not answer the phone during dinner.
One meal, no substitions, and my personal favorite,
Everyone helps clean up.
This is the kind of book that gets used in the kitchen and passed around. Check this book out and I promise that you won't be disappointed! After you read the book, check out the The Family Dinner.
submitted by Nichole at Villard Ave.