This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla, but opinions are my own.
I recently wrote about our family and our intentions to buy our dream farmhouse.
I told my husband that the only three things that I need are a yard big enough for chickens and a garden, a big kitchen with natural lighting and a dining room. I could care less for square footage, all I dream about is where we’ll eat.
Does that sound weird?
What I mean is that for our family eating together is kind of a big deal. The one time a day when my husband and children are all in the same room, hanging out, enjoying each others’ company. Sure, an important aspect of dinner is fueling your body but it’s so much more than that.
It’s about communion and family and simply being together.
I was so proud to see Barilla start the #sharethetable campaign to address the benefits of families coming together for dinner, but they’re taking it even one step further by teaming with Feeding America: the nation’s largest organization dedicated to fighting domestic hunger through a network of food banks.
Here’s the deal: When you share what happens when you connect with your family with the hashtag #ShareTheTable, Barilla will help provide the monetary equivalent of ten meals to Feeding America, up to one million meals!
Do you already enjoy your meals together as a family? Share your story with us! And if not, here’s a few pieces of advice to get started, shared directly from the University of Florida [source].
How to Get the Whole Family to the Dinner Table
- Make shared family meals a priority. Emphasize the importance of being together, not creating an elaborate meal that everyone will enjoy. Set regular meal times by writing them on the calendar. Let everyone know when dinner is served and when they must be home.
- If the family is not used to eating together regularly, start small. At first, get used to eating together by scheduling family meals two or three days per week. Then, as the weeks progress, begin to have more and more regular meals.
- Make family meals fun. Include children in the preparation of the meal and in the decision about what foods will be offered during the meal. Of course, parents have final say about what foods are prepared, but allowing the children to participate can create a fun environment.
- Keep a sense of humor while at the dinner table.
- Eliminate distractions, like TV, telephone, and cell phones.
- Keep it light and fun. Create an environment that leads to healthy communication.
- Be a good role model. Show children good etiquette and table manners.
- Eat slowly. Remember, this is an opportunity for the family to spend time together. Do not make it about the food; make it about the family.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla. For every post using #ShareTheTable from now until 4/30/14, Barilla will donate a monetary equivalent of ten meals ($1.11) to Feeding America®, up to 1 million meals. Barilla will donate a maximum of $110,000. One dollar helps provide 9 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks.