Dinner may be the most important meal of the day for families, but it’s also the most stressful point in the day. If you don’t have your main dish ready before the kids get home from school, dinner just seems so much harder to manage.
When we finally sit down to dinner, the one time during the day when we’re all together, conversation can lag. Or degenerate into reminders not to touch your brother and eat with your mouth closed. Let’s take back the dinner hour with 2 great tools – Dinner411: How to Get Dinner on the Table in 30 Minutes or Less and Dinner Games: serving up conversation and family fun.
2 Amazing Resources for Family Dinner
Dinner411: How to Get Dinner on the Table in 30 Minutes or Less by Christina Hitchcock
I have a small confession to make. This amazing book by a blogging friend has been sitting on my Kindle since August. I agreed to review it knowing that I could use lots of help with getting dinner on the table easily during the school year.
The school year started, and I forgot I had a book that could help me. I struggled all fall without the help of Christina’s book. It wasn’t pretty. My husband stepped in to make dinner happen without major stress on my part. Ugh! I felt like a failure.
Last week, while I was cleaning out my Kindle library to make room for more books, I found Christina’s gem. The heavens opened. The waters parted. I said, “I simply must read this book. I can’t take this stress anymore.”
What’s in Dinner 411
- easy-to-make kid-friendly recipes
- pantry organization tips
- menu planning
- quick cooking strategies
- and shopping strategies for overwhelmed moms
As I make my plans for 2015, I am so excited to be shaking up my meal planning with Christina’s know-how and awesome recipes. I know my family will love all of her recipes from the book. Once I’ve gone through them, I know I’ll find more family-friendly recipes on Christina’s site, It is a Keeper.
Dinner Games: Serving Up Conversation and Family Fun by Mitzi Smith
The games in Mitzi’s ebook are simple to implement. Do a quick once over before dinner as review, or bring the Kindle to the table to help you remember the questions. You can use some of the games to create your own family game like the Trivia game.
What’s in Dinner Games
Mitzi has organized the games in the book into 5 categories:
- Anywhere Games
- Games with a Few Props
- Bible Fun
- Trivia Games
- Bible Verse Printables (available at the end of the book as printables)
While conversation around the dinner table is never difficult to start with 5 kids, it does need guidance from my husband and I. The dinner table is the one time during the day when we’re together as a family. As parents we can deliberate build connections between us and our kids, and between our kids. One of the easiest ways to do this without resistance from the kids is Dinner Games: serving up conversation and family fun.