The Family Dinner is our topic this Thursday, September 19 at #DadChat from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. PT/9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET, sponsored by Kraft Foods Recipe Makers. I’ve often extolled the virtues of regular family meals and there have been numerous studies showing their positive benefit for the entire family. Today, it seems harder and harder to all “get” together. Kraft is working to make the food part of it easier and we’ll learn about their wonderful new product – Kraft Recipe Makers – while talking among ourselves about the challenges of The Family Dinner at The Family Dinner Table! Anyone interested in winning a $250 Walmart Gift Card?
Bruce Sallan Radio Show – Rituals and Traditions
First air date: Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wayne Levine (BetterMen.org) for “The Men’s Room”
Barbara Greenberg (TalkingTeenage.com)
Jim Scheinberg (North Pier Fiduciary Management) for “Family Financial Matters.”
We discuss holiday rituals and traditions. The column referenced is, “Rituals, Holidays, and Tradition.”
Holidays are both wonderful and, for many, difficult. Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, when they have lost a mother or father, isn’t a Hallmark-Cards good feeling. The Christmas Season, when people are apart from loved ones can also be challenging. In contrast, holidays can be joyous and create family traditions that transcend generations. This past July 4th struck me in this way as I felt both good and melancholy since my boys were apart from us.
Radio Show – The Family Dinner with SPECIAL Guests
First air date: Thursday, September 23, 2010
Special Guest Kimberley Blaine (TheGoToMom) discussing her new book, The Go-To Mom’s Parents’ Guide to Emotion Coaching Young Children
Wayne Levine (BetterMen.Org) for “The Men’s Room”
Jeff Pulver (#140conf and @jeffpulver) for “Teen Rap”
Julie Spira (CyberDatingExpert) for “Single Parent Dating”
A Dad’s Point-of-View, by Bruce Sallan
The Family Dinner
I had a discussion with some other dads the other day about “the family dinner.” To my surprise, many of these men described their family eating adventures as just that, an adventure. Or, more specifically: a circus, trial, ordeal, and other pejoratives.
My immediate thought was about the classic image of Norman Rockwell’s painting, “Freedom From Want” with the image of “mom” or “grandma” presenting the turkey at what is likely a Thanksgiving dinner, with the whole family eager, excited, and present. “Dad” or “grandpa” is looking on, with the expectation that he will carve the bird. How quaint; how lovely; how sadly antiquated, I fear.