The Family Table

Educating Families About the Benefits of Family Meals

Tip of the Week: Grandparents at Dinner

Sitting down together can be a challenge. In the last week, our family has had tournaments, practices, book club, ISTEP prep and the normal load of mom-taxi that always seems to surround our family. So, when a friend shared that every week her mom has her family over for dinner, just to lend a hand, I have to admit to being a little bit jealous.

But what a great idea…knowing that each week you can sit down among your kids, friends, neighbors, etc. and just enjoy a meal. As a working mom, just thinking about it is relaxing! Intergenerational meals can add so much flavor to eating together, the conversation seems livelier and the clean up easier. According to an AARP survey, the top 10 activities grandparents say they do with their grandchildren includes eating together (either in or out).

Locally, conversations about grandparents and family relationships are being discussed at the upcoming Proactive Elder Care Workshop.

There, participants can find information to benefit their lives impacted by caring for an aging loved one. And, at IPFW’s event the McMillen Center will share about our Family Table project.

– Frances, Mktg & Comm, working wife & mom of 2

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