Dinnertime has been called “The Hour That Matters Most” and for good reason.
As psychologist and family therapists Les and Leslie Parrott say, “Countless studies have shown that if parents could only take one proactive and practical step to engender family commitment, appreciation, affection, positive communication, time together, and all the rest, it would be to establish a regular dinnertime around a common table without distraction.
One hour a few times a week. That’s it.”
The Parrotts go on to say, “Study after study show that the more often families eat together, the less likely the kids are to smoke, drink, do drugs, get depressed, develop eating disorders, become overweight, and consider suicide- and the more likely they are to eat their vegies, know which fork to use, learn big words, do well in school, feel that their parents love them, and delay having sex. And that’s just for starters.”
So. With something so powerful and simple at our disposal, how can we intentionally make the most of our family table time?
This is the question I asked as I began thoughtfully compiling ideas, activities, family favorite recipes, and more in a brown notebook with a red chicken on it.
My notebook of ideas turned into an eBook that my family and I regularly use and love!
And I’m super excited to share it with you!
This beautifully designed book is packed with over 50 ideas, activities, games, and recipes to spark intimacy, connection, laughter, service, hospitality, and making memories as a family.
I’ve worked hard to make this resource stellar and am pleased to offer it FREE to readers of Arabah Joy.
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About Arabah Joy:
Arabah Joy is a wife, mom, and long time missionary. She is mom to four children, both biological and adopted, and enjoys nature, reading, writing, and good coffee when she can get her hands on it. She and her family live in East Asia. Her other books include:
~~Complete, a 21 day spiritual growth journey to address insecurity, identity, and to think about ourselves biblically.
Arabah Joy blogs about Christian growth, life overseas, mothering, missions, adoption, and how Christ redeems our brokenness.
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