Around The Table

How I discovered the importance of Family Dinner Time

My life was busy – with three kids (in 16 months), and the competing demands of family and work, I quickly found that at the end of a long day, sitting down and enjoying dinner together just wasn’t possible - or enjoyable.

The guilt I felt around not being able “to-do-it-all” sparked an interest to see how other parents were managing to work all day, drop off and pick up kids, and still put dinner on the table at a reasonable time. But, instead of discovering the secret, I discovered I wasn’t alone. Australian families are increasingly moving away from eating together at the dinner table*, and with this change are forgoing the benefits of a sit-down meal.

What many people don’t realise (myself included) is that by not eating dinner together, we are actually missing out on connecting as a family both socially and emotionally, as well as providing valuable learning opportunities for our children.

I wanted to make a change and realised there needed to be an easier way to “get dinner on the table” so we could then focus on what happens once we sit down to eat. With this passion I founded Around The Table, a service designed to make dinnertime easier and enable families to enjoy the many benefits of eating dinner together. With 1 in 2 Australians eating dinner in front of the television**, and increasing time pressures on parents, Around The Table provides resources and simple strategies for families to make a change.

I am passionate about helping Australian families, and the facts support that eating together just 3 days a week can make a real difference. As part of my holistic approach to meal times, I speak to parents at local schools and community groups on the benefits, so that families can understand that investing the time is worthwhile.



* Mars Foods ** YouGov panel July 2017--