A rewarding way you can build on the language and verbal skills your child is developing at Tiny Town, and enrich your own family experience is through sharing meals together.  The Family Dinner Project is a growing movement that champions family dinner as an opportunity for family members to connect with each other through food, fun and conversation about things that matter. The project is the brainchild of Shelly London, former fellow at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative.

Over the past 25 years, research has shown what parents have known for a long time: sharing a fun family meal is good for the spirit, brain and health of all family members. Recent studies link regular family meals with the kinds of behaviours that parents want for their children: higher grade-point averages, resilience and self-esteem and healthy eating habits.

The Family Dinner Project features recipe ideas, topics for age-appropriate discussion, ideas and advice for scheduling and preparing family dinners, and enriching family interactions through having fun at mealtimes. Featured activities to make mealtimes fun include Would you rather….?, Who did you see? Story By Sentence and Rose and Thorn.  The recipe bank on the site includes a wide range of appealing family recipes, which can be sorted by meal course, budget friendly, quick meals and any allergy requirements. Your family dinners will never be the same again!