Share The Table

Expert Dinner Advice

To help you make your meals more meaningful, we've provided a selection of articles and studies that offer incredible insight into the American family table. Our favorite expert on family time and family rituals, Dr. William J. Doherty, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Family Social Science. He is author of a book on family rituals, titled The Intentional Family, and of all the articles about family dinnertime featured below.



  • The Importance of Family Meals

    Family meals are precious opportunities for family connection in a hurry-up world.

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  • Research on the Benefits of Family Meals

    For children, mealtime is more powerful than time spent in school, studying, or playing sports.

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  • Share the Table™: The Barilla Family Dinner Project™

    Our "Come Back to the Table" survey showed three out of four families do not eat dinner at the same time.

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  • Taking Back Time for Family Dinners in a Busy World

    If dinners are important to you, be an advocate for this priority.

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  • Connecting During Family Mealtime

    A family check-in can spark conversation about what is going on in one another's lives.

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  • Family Dinner Advice: What to Avoid During Family Dinners

    Family meals can go wrong, and mostly it's unintentional errors we make as parents.

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  • Family Dinner Preparation

    Often it's the little things that add up to good family dinnertimes or not so good ones.

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  • How to Talk to Your Family Members About Changing Family Dinnertime

    We get used to things the way they have been, even if that way hasn’t been satisfying.

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Benefits of the Family Dinner for Parents and Children
Discover more reasons to make mealtime a priority with Barilla and Family Circle's latest study featured in Family Circle magazine. Rollover spots below for family dinner findings.
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