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Why I Started Around The Table

We all seem to intrinsically know that eating dinner together as a family is important, however our busy lifestyles can make it quite challenging to get everyone organised for dinner and sometimes even when you do get everyone seated at the table, the conversation can be so stifled (think one word answers) that despite your best efforts it feels unrewarding. That was me, mum of 3 that avoided family dinner time and "fed" my children separately. Whilst looking for an easier solution to family dinners I discovered the long list of proven benefits and realised I needed to make a change and invest in this precious time. However, I wanted mealtimes to be fun and provide us with energy not zap it from us! Without finding a suitable solution, I decided to create one, and so Around The Table was born, providing resources and practical strategies (with the help of child experts) that support families to not only sit down for dinner more often but make mealtimes fun too! Founder: Danielle Barrett (mum of 3)
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