SDBM Shares in “all you” Magazine the Value of Eating Together as a Family

Before Practice Nourishment
Before Practice Nourishment


“The big picture is that family meals, and especially dinner, are the single most important activity that parents can do to enhance the life of their children.” ~ Dr. William Doherty, family therapist and author

Do you agree?  Doesn’t it seem that over the generations kids have become so involved with other evening activities that gathering the family for dinner each night seems almost impossible?

Conflicting schedules is a typical reason why families often scratch eating dinner together as a family unit (and surely there are others), and the reality has become that fewer and fewer Americans are making this tradition a reality in their families.

A UNICEF study found that the United States ranked 23rd out of 25 countries in the percentage of children who eat the main meal of the day with their parents several times a week.

SDBM in All You MagazineWe are featured in the “Summer Fun Special Issue” of  “all you” magazine on page 112. The topic of prioritizing family meals together is something that poses a challenge to many, many of us!

“all you” magazine features five of us families who, despite challenges, still make it happen.  The intro to the series of featured families shares that 42 percent of American households have two parents that work outside the home, one in three children are being raised by a single parent and that the cherished evening ritual of the family dinner is being compromised.  The individual families’ stories share many creative ways to bring the family together during meal time, in one form or another, and it is so worth it, even if it is not to eat dinner as a family every single night.

Photo c/o "all you" magazine "Summer Fun Special Issue" 2013
Photo c/o “all you” magazine “Summer Fun Special Issue” 2013

Why family meals are so important!

A CNN Health Report shares a study in the journal Pediatrics that finds that children and adolescents who share meals with their families at least three times per week are less likely to be overweight, eat unhealthful foods or be at risk for eating disorders.

The good news is that so many parents are congregating around sports activities and other events that indeed surround a healthful lifestyle, so while trends are shifting from the “traditional” ways, I contend that increased parental involvement in other areas is just as important.  Still, “breaking bread” as a nuclear family, a ritual that is invaluable, is clearly something that is so very worthwhile!

Where to get the magazine

We had to take the food over to the in-laws for a decent shot, as our kitchen and dining room photos just appeared too dark (top left photo), but I love that the magazine staff  took such care to make sure to double-check with me the areas I discussed in my original phone interview (a first for me!).   The magazine is full of great articles and recipes.  Here is a link that shares where you can buy a copy of  “all you.” I got mine at Walmart. You will see a coupon on the cover to save $1. :)

What are your family meal traditions?  Do you think that we can replace the traditional family meal ritual with substitutes?  We would love to hear your thoughts!



  1. Yay!!! I need to go pick up my copy :)
    And yes….I totally agree. Family meal time is a MUST in our house and the kids look forward to it every night. We do often have to adjust our eating time according to schedules, and some times dad isn’t home to join us but we make an effort, every single night, to sit down together and talk about the highs and lows of our day!

    • Yeah, the adjustment thing can be interesting, but even if it is breakfast or an afternoon snack, etc…. there is something about eating together as a unit that is so rich.

    • I agree that it is a perfect way to regroup and each share your day. It is important. :)

  2. We do our best to eat together, even if it’s in a harried fashion where we’re sitting wherever there’s no junk laying around. It’s great to be able to catch up with the kids. I’ve been implementing a “Good, Bad, God” discussion and the kids love it – “What good thing happened to you today? What was bad about your day? How did you see God today?” I especially love the last part since it makes the kids think outside of themselves and they come up with the greatest conversations!

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