Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful young daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.
Summer schedules tend to be more relaxed, as does our cooking. Firing up the grill for a meal is second nature to many people. If you have a garden or frequent farmers’ markets it takes nothing to whip up a salad fit for a meal. Dining al fresco, no matter what the fare, elevates any cuisine to an event. Picnics, whether at the park, zoo, or in your own back yard, are magical moments. Dinner can be an easy, casual almost after-thought that takes second place to swimming, biking, golfing or boating. But when the school year ramps up again we fill every minute with sports, lessons, PTA meetings, scouts, and a million other activities. And suddenly our family evening meal TOGETHER comes to a screeching halt.
While it may seem hard to argue with the old adage “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” perhaps we need to reconsider that advice. True, breakfast fuels our bodies. It gives us the jump-start we need as we begin our marathon days. With family members starting their daily grind at all different hours it’s unlikely that mom, dad, and kids all sit down at the same time to steaming bowls of oatmeal or mile-high pancakes and sausage during the week.
Enter The Family Dinner. You know, that time around 5:30 – 6:30 when everyone sat down at the same time, shared food, talked, laughed, etc. June, July and August made it pretty simple to do that. But clearly, a meal shared by all is critical to strong family bonds YEAR-ROUND.
It doesn’t have to be a chore, a major undertaking or something to be feared. What you managed in the summer can certainly be achieved the other nine months of the year. Yes… it can be simple, fun, and beneficial to the entire family:
And if you think your nightly repast needs to look like something Norman Rockwell created, think again.
Sure, as the kids get older and involved in more extracurricular activities it may seem easier just to say “grab something when you can.” But that is exactly the time in their lives when a family meal can keep those “extracurricular activities” the kind parents want… Recent studies link regular family dinners with many behaviors that parents pray for: lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy and depression, as well as higher grade-point averages and self-esteem according to Anne Fishel, Ph.D.
If you don’t have the routine of a family meal quite yet, perhaps you could use a date just around the corner as a kick-start. September 23, 2013 marks the nationally recognized “Family Day” initiative.
Gathering your family ‘round the table all through the year? How could that be anything but a Culinary Yes Yes!
CULINARY YES YES BONUSES
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