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
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?
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.