Stouffer’s Bloggers Roundtable

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As many of you know, I went to Ohio in April for the Stouffer’s Bloggers Roundtable. We were able to meet with a ton of experts, eat some awesome food, and a had a ton of fun. I have no pictures, because I am an idiot and left my camera in the room. And I know it’s July, and I’m just posting about this now. If you are a regular reader, you know that I literally came home to Will being taken by ambulance to the hospital. I was on a plane flying home when it happened, and I just got tied up in real life. That being said I have lots of things that I learned there that I have to pass onto you. Here’s a glimpse into my day there:

I know it looks like fun, and it was. I can honestly say I have never eaten quite this good before. However, let’s get to what I learned while I was there:

  • Studies have shown that shared family dinners provide the most significant parent/child interactions, leading to improved language development and reading skills, socialization, identity, self-esteem, a sense of belonging, security, etc. Family dinners have even more impact than playing with or reading to children.
  • Family dinners usually provide the most available, face to face, daily family time. The average time spent in daily, exclusive, parent/child conversation is 14.5 minutes
  • Teens who have frequent family dinners are more likely to say their parents are very proud of them. “Compared to teens who have fewer than three family dinners per week, teens who have five or more are likelier to say their parents are very or fairly proud of them.” — The Importance of Family Dinners II, September 2005.
  • Teens who have frequent family dinners are likelier to say their parents are the adults they would go to if they had a serious problem. Teens who have frequent family dinners are likelier to identify one or both parents as the adult they would turn to with a serious problem.” — The Importance of Family Dinners II, September 2005.
  • Teens who have frequent family dinners are likelier to say they get mostly A’s and B’s in school. “Teens who have dinner with their families seven times a week are almost 40 percent likelier to say they receive mostly A’s and B’s in school compared to teens who have dinner with their families two or fewer times a week.” — The Importance of Family Dinners II, September 2005.
  • The more often teens have dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs. “Teens who have five or more family dinners per week are one third less likely to have used alcohol and are half as likely to have used marijuana.” — National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XIII: Teens and Parents, September 2008.

These are just a few of the things I learned there.  However, the statistics speak for themselves.  When I was a child, we always had family dinners, and it would be weird to me not to.  However, obviously, not everyone is that lucky.  I know we have family dinners here every night.  However, this is definitely something we need work on here, because we don’t talk to the kids enough during dinner(I think — though it’s hard when Madison is only 5 and will answer your questions with only a yes or no.).  I think the most important thing I walked away with was that if we start these conversations when our kids are young then when they are 16 they will feel like they can come to us with anything.

51pT0TRCj+L._SL160_Now, starting a conversation can be tough, so I’d like to give one lucky reader The Family Dinner Box Of Questions.  This game can help start a conversation at your dinner table and help you connect to your kids.  For example, there are questions like “what qualities do you look for in a friend” and “which teacher or coach has had the most impact on you”.  Just starting a conversation can you lead you into so many more talks, and you’ll probably be amazed at what you learn about from you kids.

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  1. we eat dinner together- or an early dinner or a late dinner everynight- it is important to me that we all get together and make sure everyone is doing ok, talk about life and problems, etc- if by some odd chance someone misses dinner due to work – then I will still sit with them and anyone up is sitting with them to- its not healthy to eat alone and it shows we care and are truly interested in eachothers day

  2. Sara Thompson :

    We do have family dinners but not as often as I would like. I think this would help us! We all like to play games but get tired of the same old ones we have.

  3. We do eat dinner together. We talk about our day. This would give us other options for coversation.

  4. Michelle Draveski :

    since my son was a child we have always used dinner time as family time. Now 16 years later I have a daughter and plan to do the same

  5. we have family dinners afew days a week, but i think this game would be a good addition to making more family dinners together!

  6. We don't have family dinners. We don't have a usable dining room table. I hate it. I think the box would help my husband open up more.

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  17. Kelly Ann T. :

    We eat dinner together almost every night. This game would help us connect because it would give us some things to discuss.

  18. we rarely eat dinner together so this would be a great way to snag everyone!

  19. This prize would get the kids to the table to see what's happening next. We often eat watching tv now.

  20. lucky you i am sure you have enjoyed that food… ….well family dinners are a important part of the family..in the earlier times people used to have daily family dinners… but as the time passed the trend changed and the people started to eat much out of home…. or because of work at the offices… this gradually changed the eating habit of the people… i think this conference is just a gesture it restore that integrity and its a step to restore the healthy eating habits of the people..

  21. We've gotten a little more lax during the summer, but we usually try to have dinner together at the table at least 5 nights a week. It's hard with the kids schedules. We try to talk at the table and we always go around and say what we're thankful for, and sometimes we say the best thing and worst thing that happened that day. These cards would help us build on the things we already do and make dinnertime a more fun and communicative event!

  22. We try to have dinner together as a family eavery night. This would help us when we are having a hard time conversing by giving us some great topics.

  23. i would love to be a winnrt, thank you

  24. I thought this statistic was surprising: "The average time spent in daily, exclusive, parent/child conversation is 14.5 minutes."

  25. We sit around the table like a normal family, but there are five kids so it is pretty loud. I am thinking this would help keep the conversation on a topic by channeling the discuss to one thing and spotlighting a kid while they answer.

  26. hey!!! long time no see :-) anyway- we have a 'high low' tradition at dinner nightly- would love to add this!

  27. This would be great for my family. Make me a winner!

  28. We eat dinner together each night. I think this game would help because sometimes we run out of conversation, and eat in silence. It might help give us something to talk about! :) macd82 at gmail dot com

  29. Teens who have frequent family dinners are likelier to say their parents are the adults they would go to if they had a serious problem. Teens who have frequent family dinners are likelier to identify one or both parents as the adult they would turn to with a serious problem.” — The Importance of Family Dinners II, September 2005.

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  35. We do have meals at home sometimes, but this would help use to have meals at home more.

  36. We don't sit at a table for dinners. We just eat in front of the tv. I would like to start sitting down together with these questions. I think we would get closer.

  37. I think this game will help the older kids open up a little more and give details about their life.

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  42. What a great idea. Most of us are challenged to go beyond, How was your day, could do this whether we are eating lunch or dinner.

  43. My roommates and I keep pretty hectic schedules, but this would help us take some time to get to know each other better

  44. We attempt to eat together several times a week, but definitely do so on wknds, interesting how asking questions always makes all of us think and develop a new appreciation for others.

  45. We have a few dinners a week together. But we make sure we talk and catch up every day. Thank you

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  47. It is just the two of us, but I still consider supper to be "family dinner" :)

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  49. I actually think this will be helpful as I gear up to start a family. In the meantime it's a great way to spend time with my sig. other.

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  51. Christina Almond :

    We sometimes have family dinners dependent upon my work schedule for that week! I think this game would help to keep us focused on positive and productive conversations!

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  54. vickie ferrari :

    My family has dinner together every night. Like you it would seem weird not to have dinner together. It is the time of the day when we are all together and can talk face to face and share whatever is on our minds. None of the facts surprised me. I've heard all of these before. We like playing games and this sounds like a lot fo fun.

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  66. we dont do dinner :( my hubby did not grow up having dinner at a family table, so he is not used to it. i think the questions would help him and our boys be more comfortable eating dinner together.

  67. Katherine Frazier :

    We do have family dinners at my house and talk about almost everything.

  68. I'm not surprised by any of the statistics. My family has dinner together 5 times a week. We really connect and I find that our teenager (16, girl) opens up more when the atmosphere is more relaxed. Rather than the "So, how was your day?" It seems that after a bit of chatting she tends to open up a little more about her feelings, what's going on at school, and her friends.

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  81. Our daughter is only three, so we do have family dinners. Unfortunately, we are STILL waiting for our new dining room table to arrive, so we have to eat standing up! But, we do it as a family!

  82. The statistic surprised me the most was "Teens who have frequent family dinners are likelier to say their parents are the adults they would go to if they had a serious problem. Teens who have frequent family dinners are likelier to identify one or both parents as the adult they would turn to with a serious problem."

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  88. Nanette Olson :

    Our family dinners have become an occasional event.

  89. We have family dinners every so often, but not enough times.

  90. Veronica Garrett :

    We don't have family dinners very often. This game would help our family to communicate and relate to each other. We would grow as a family by learning more about each other.

  91. We do eat dinner together several times a week, but it's hard with so many activities. After reading your statistics I am going to strive for more often though!

  92. Katherine Dunn :

    We eat family dinners together almost every night. I feel its important..even though my daughter is only 4.. to instill this into her. It brings us all together to talk about our days and learn good table manners. I grew up in a household like this and it's important to me to pass it on. My husband grew up watching tv and eating which he still trys to get away with every now and then!

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  93. Katherine Dunn :

    i tweeted this contest ~ kylienkate

    i forgot to add that this would make my husband more interested in eating at the table when the tv tries to steal his attention!

    RT @blm03 is giving away The Family Dinner Box Of Questions http://mythoughtsideasandramblings.com/2009/07/19

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  95. We have family dinners about 6 nights a week

  96. Most of the statistics didn't surprise me at all because I think Family dinners are very important. One that did surprise me was: The average time spent in daily, exclusive, parent/child conversation is 14.5 minutes. People just don't talk anymore.

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  102. we try to eat together at least 5 nights per week and we love to play any kind of games together :)

  103. We have family dinners. It would help open new conversations.

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  105. We eat dinner together almost every night. This would be a lot of fun to play together :)

  106. We went through a long period of time without the family eating altogether. Now the activities are over and this game would be a perfect compliment to fill in the void. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  107. Louis Willhauck :

    yummmyyy.iam always hungry. thanks,gl all

  108. We have family dinners. ty 4 the entry:)

  109. we have family dinner almost nightly. this will be very helpful in sparking conversations. we do try to talk but sometimes run out of things to talk about.

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