For many years now, Smucker’s has promoted the Power of Family Meals, an initiative that emphasizes the benefits of eating together as a family. This is something I feel strongly about and is one of the reasons I began my blog, to help encourage family meal time.
As part of that initiative, Smucker’s is launching a movement to Disconnect to Reconnect at the table. I’m sure you are no stranger to the overwhelming presence of screens in your household, whether it be phones, TV, tablets, handheld devices, etc. In our house, we just never have had the TV on during dinner. However, I have recently struggled with the presence of hand held devices and tablets at the dinner table. I have even been guilty myself. That is why I had to create a rule of no devices at the dinner table.
Studies show that kids who eat with their families often are happier than those who don’t. At mealtime, put all devices in a bowl or basket and place it out of sight. I put them in another room to prevent anyone hearing a text notification and feeling that they HAVE to look at their phone. There was a lot of whining and complaining when we first started, but now the kids know it is just part of out mealtime routine.
Dinner time is the time I find out what is going on in everyone’s life – work, school, friends, grades etc. This valuable time. We also plan anything needed for the next day during this time.
The Disconnect to Reconnect movement is asking families to unplug at the table for at least one meal, once a week, more often than not. I know Sunday can be a great day for family meals, so they are hoping to rally around Sundays. I now you can all do it for at least on meal a week!
There’s no social network more important or engaging than your family. And there’s no better place to disconnect from devices and reconnect with each other than at the dinner table. You can visit the Power of Family Meals and take the pledge to share at least one technology-free meal each week . Let’s help family mealtime go viral. Go take the pledge!
To help one lucky RMK reader with this challenge, Smucker’s has provided a great “breakfast for dinner” giveaway that includes a number of Smucker family products, cooking equipment and other fun items.
The Breakfast for Dinner giveaway includes:
- a Presto Jumbo Cool Touch electric griddle
- a 7-piece kitchen utensil set with stand
- Family Talk conversation game
- Smucker’s Strawberry Natural Squeeze jam
- JIF Creamy Peanut Putter
- JIF Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
- Folger’s Classic Roast
- Hungry Jack Breakfast Syrup
- 2 packs Hungry Jack Complete Pancake and Waffle Mix
- 2 packs Martha White Banana Nut Muffin Mix
- Crisco No-Stick Cooking Spray
- Martha White All-Purpose Flour
To enter this giveaway see the rafflecopter widget below!