FAMILY DINNER NIGHT
A stress-free, tech-free, fun family evening at home while supporting Darien’s restaurants!
The Y is proudly partnering with local restaurants to honor the at-home Family Dinner Night! We know it’s a stressful time; that’s why we’ve put together the tools to help you enjoy an easy, but fun family evening together!
Order a delicious family meal to go from one of our amazing Family Dinner Night restaurants listed below and enjoy some of the provided tech-free family activities to help make your evening at home special, engaging, and fun for everyone!
DINNER MAKES A DIFFERENCE!
Families that eat frequent family meals together foster:
· Overall nutritious eating
· Teens who are less likely to engage in risky behavior
· Children with better language skills and academic scores
· Lower obesity rate
· Better relationships with each other and their community
Source: The Search Institute
Families that eat together 5-7 nights per week create strong, healthy relationships that keep kids substance-free.
· Those who have fewer than 3 family dinner nights per week are 4 times more likely to use tobacco and 2 ½ time likelier to use alcohol.
Source: National Center on Addition and Substance Abuse (CASA)
FAMILY DINNER NIGHT ACTIVITIES
25 Questions to Ask Around the Dinner Table!
Eating dinner as a family is one of the best ways to connect as a family, share what’s going on, and enjoy each other’s company. In today’s world, it’s easy to let our phones distract us at the dinner table. In an effort to strengthen family relationships and help parents connect with their children, we want to share 25 questions you can ask around the dinner table to help cultivate conversations with your children.
Be sure to take turns answering questions, too! This allows your children to learn even more about you in a fun way.
1. What was the best part of your day?
2. What was the hardest part of your day?
3. What’s something new you learned today?
4. What’s something that made you laugh today?
5. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
6. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
7. Who is your favorite movie character?
8. If you could only eat 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?
9. Would you rather fly or breathe underwater?
10.Who is your favorite superhero?
11.What makes a great friend?
12.What’s one thing you want to learn?
13.Would you rather be 100 feet tall or the size of an ant?
14.What would you do if you were president?
15.What do you want to be when you grow up?
16.If you could do anything you wanted for a day, what would you do?
17.What’s one thing you are scared of?
18.What’s your favorite thing about school?
19.What’s your favorite thing we do as a family?
20.What are you excited about for tomorrow?
21.If you could pick a new color for the sky, what color would you make it?
22.What’s your favorite song?
23.What would you do with $100?
24.What is your least favorite color?
25.What are you most thankful for?
One fun way to use these questions is to write them on slips of paper and keep them in a jar or basket. Each night at dinner, every family member gets to pick one slip of paper from the jar and ask everyone else that question. Try it at dinner this week
Blog originally posted by Country Home Learning Center, a premier daycare serving families in Austin, TX.