• Alexandra Stockwell

How often do you enjoy family dinners?

In these unprecedented times, when a great deal of distraction and busyness is stripped away as we shelter in place, many are wondering what really matters in life. Not surprisingly those who are working extra hard during this time, are wondering the same thing.

  • Are you searching for how to improve the connections in your family?

  • Do you want to deepen your relationship with your spouse or your children, or your good friends?

  • Are you ready to focus on how to effectively communicate with the people in your home?

  • Are you tired of feeling like the humans in your home are competing with the invisible but mighty pull of phones and other devices?

I've been passionate about these matters for years now and was particularly heartened when, fifteen years ago, I read Miriam Weinstein's amazing book The Surprising Power of Family Meals. Here's an excerpt from it: "What if I told you that there was a magic bullet--something that would improve the quality of your daily life, your children's chances of success in the world, your family's health, our values as a society? Something that would increase reading readiness in kindergartners and decrease teen pregnancy, drug use, eating disorders, suicide, and school dropout rates? Something that would have us more clearly know who we are? Something that is inexpensive, simple to produce, and within reach of pretty much everyone?"

The Surprising Power of Family Meals contains wonderfully written stories, research, insights, and common sense. The overall message is a very well made case for family dinners as the profound and effective solution to many of the challenges we face individually and as a society. That's right, mental health, self-esteem, human connection, intellectual development, physical health and a host of other things all have measurable benefits for people who participate in family meals on a regular basis. In case there's any question, as far as I am concerned, the definition of a family meal is one that is enjoyed with loved ones, around a table, with everyone sitting down and not doing anything else other than being present. This leads to the nourishment of body, soul, and spirit, for all who partake in the experience.

Given my immersion in these ideas, I was thrilled when my new friend April Bonney reached out and invited me to join a panel of experts for her FREE online summit.

The summit is all about Health, Love, and Family, with an emphasis on how to rebuild connection around the dinner table. I believe the information shared is essential and will inspire you no matter your current circumstances. Even if you dine alone on a regular basis, there will be much for you to learn to make the experience more pleasurable and more satisfying for you.

Imagine having the answers you need, ESPECIALLY now when things feel shaky and our foundations are being challenged by the circumstances of the pandemic.

April's conversations with me and 20 other experts will inspire you, and provide many helpful steps you can take to connect with those you love. So join me in this FREE summit, and create more meaningful, fun relationships as you relax and share a meal together. This online interview series will feature a variety of speakers, each with a different area of expertise related to nutrition, communication, turning off screens for direct connection with your teens, and so much more. It's a wonderful opportunity and I hope you'll join me in taking advantage of it!


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