Do you eat meals with your family — with all mobile devices turned off? I’ll admit that sometimes my husband and I are sometimes guilty of doing this, but we are trying not do this anymore. We’re teaming up with Boston Market for their ‘Log Out Look Up’ campaign.
I love this — it’s Boston Market’s new initiative to remind families to remove barriers that stand between families and spending quality time by logging out of devices and sitting down together for a great meal, filled with authentic conversation.
Boston Market and WNBA Star and mom Lisa Leslie are challenging families to log out and look up from their devices to participate in meaningful conversations with their family. We invite you to join the challenge and conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #LogOutLookUp.
Did you know that recent studies that link regular family meals with the kinds of behaviors parents want for their children – high grade-point averages, resilience and self-esteem. Additionally, family meals are linked to lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, eating disorders and depression.
If you are looking for some ideas on how to get your family together during dinner time, The Family Dinner Project has some amazing resources. This is a growing movement of food, fun and conversation about things that matter and includes dinner games, conversation starters and even fun ways to get kids involved with food prep.
I have been using their conversation starters with my family. We really needed this — because we used to always ask “What did you do today.” and usually hear, “nothing” from our kids.
Here are some to get you started:
For kids ages 2-7:
For kids 8-13:
You can also make up your own topics. Encourage your children to dream big and to talk about what they could imagine. Our topic yesterday was inventions. My oldest child talked about how he wanted places for airplane to land on top of each building.
We enjoyed seeing where his imagination took him. Our youngest even got in on the fun and told us dinosaurs could fly the planes.
Boston Market Deal:
To help families spend even more time together, Boston Market will offer a special Buy One, Get One Free deal for a limited time only. Guests who make a purchase between Sunday and Friday during the week, will receive a special Saturday receipt coupon for a Buy One Individual Meal and a Drink, Get One Individual Meal FREE*.