Today’s Families

The American mom intuitively knows the satisfaction she would feel if she could serve her family a homemade meal.  But, she is overtaxed, and drowning in undone to-dos.

~ Dream Dinners

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American families need an easier way to plan dinner.

In this age of dual careers, PTA, sports, and church gatherings, busy parents need a stress-free dinnertime fix. They aspire to volunteer more at school, help prepare their kids for college, and instill their values before the culture does. With all these pressing needs, making dinner can get lost in the mix.

Often, there is little energy left for meal planning, grocery shopping, and preparation. They long to provide nutritious, homemade meals for their family, but, need support. Families reluctantly resort to fast food, microwaved meals, and take-out.  They don’t feel good about it, but it works. As a busy professional, you need a work and home solution.

We believe the quality time achieved over a healthy family dinner is a powerful means to investing in our next generation.  Certainly there are many ways to encourage and develop our children, yet the consistency of face- to-face communication over a homemade meal has incredible potential to nourish our children’s bodies and their souls.

Did you know?

  • In America over the past 25 years, dinners at home have dropped 33% ¹
  • Sixty years after “fast food” was added to the dictionary, some 60% of households now skip the family dinner routine.
  • Among teens who had dinner with their families five or more nights a week, 86% reported they had never tried smoking, compared with 65% of youth who had dinner with their families two or fewer nights a week. Similarly, teens who ate dinner with their families five or more nights a week were less likely to have tried alcohol or marijuana. Teens who had frequent family dinners were also more likely to get better grades.²
  • A Harvard Study found that children who had at least five dinners together a week had healthier eating habits. Even when not at home, they typically consumed more fruits, vegetables, and juice.
  • According to an online survey the top five dinnertime distractions are: rushing to finish the meal due to schedule conflicts (33%); entertainment technologies including televisions and computers (31%); parental stress (24%); mobile phone use at the table (19%) and difficulty engaging children in conversation (13%)³
  • Dream Dinners began as a way to save busy parents time in the kitchen, while still being be able to put a feel-good, home cooked meal on the table. In addition to providing families more healthy dinner options, Dream Dinners is also an affordable approach. Plus, there is no “unused” grocery waste for the home cook, which experts say can be nearly 30% of groceries every week!

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1. Robert Putman, Bowling Alone (Simon and Schuster, 2000)
2. Mary Story, PhD, RD, and Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH, RD, "A Perspective on Family Meals: Do They Matter?" Nutrition Today 40, no. 6 (November/December 2005): 261-266. See also http://journals.lww.com/nutritiontodayonline/Fulltext/2005/11000/A_Perspective_on_Family_Meals_Do
_They_Matter_.7.aspx?WT.mc_id=HPxADx20100319xMP#P54. Accessed March 24, 2010.
3. This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Dream Dinners from November 17-22, 2011  among 1,368 parents of children age 17 years or younger. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.