Chances are that you’ve heard or read or talked about the importance of eating dinner together as a family sometime recently. It’s not a new topic, and yet statistics show that less than 40% of American families eat dinner together regularly.
Busy schedules, take-out and convenience food and struggles over food choices keep us from connecting over a meal.
Now, just to be clear, I don’t think that eating together as a family is an end-all, be-all that ensures tight-knit siblings and healthy relationships. And I also don’t think it’s impossible to have those things without a family dinner hour.
However, there are certainly benefits to taking time each day not just to sit and eat but to really connect with one another.
To give families the resources and tools they need to make that happen, Les & Leslie Parrot — together with Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna — have written a book packed full of ideas for making family meals a realistic and enjoyable experience. In The Hour that Matters Most: The Surprising Power of the Family Meal, they share practical ideas such as conversation guides, ways to practice manners, freezer recipes and tips for starting your own fix-and-freeze club with friends.
If you want more out of the dinner hour, this is a great book that will not only show you the importance of intentionally connecting during your daily meal together but also give you tools and tips to make it happen!
Enter to Win
This week, Les & Leslie are giving two lucky Life Your Way readers each a copy of The Hour that Matters Most!
To enter, tell me how often you eat dinner together as a family. What are the biggest challenges to making it happen?
This giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, 10/5. The winner will be selected randomly and notified by email, and this post will be updated with their name as well!