THE POWER OF FAMILY DINING  

A Workshop in Two Sessions

 

Families are striving to return to the time-honored family meal, which has been the foundation of family unity for generations. It has also been a powerful force behind an individual's success. In the hustle and bustle of modern family life, the notion of families dining together is becoming an urgent priority. There are two important reasons for this:

  1. Recent research has revealed that children, adolescents and teens who dine with their families at least three times per week not only develop healthier eating habits but also benefit from greater academic achievement, increased psychological well-being, and more positive family interactions, and are less likely to engage in substance abuse and other risky behaviors.
  2. Developing dining etiquette skills early and encouraging them in a family setting will prepare youngsters for future career success, as employers increasingly are emphasizing soft skills in addition to a college degree. (See “The Three E’s Might Outweigh the Three R’s.”)

Breaking bread together is often at the center of our social interactions. It can strengthen relationships and provide a learning environment that includes meal planning, shopping, preparing food, setting the table properly, practicing good table manners and engaging in stimulating and artful conversation.

Learning and practicing proper dining etiquette is a key element to optimizing the family mealtime experience. Demonstrating respect and good manners can help to produce a cohesive environment around the table in which everyone can connect and keep the lines of communication open and pleasantly flowing. Such an ongoing quality experience provides a structure that can greatly benefit a child from pre-school age through the teenage and college years. Moreover, knowing how to interact with ease and confidence over a meal will prepare a young person for greater personal, job and career success.

To help achieve these goals within the family unit, the content of The Family Dining Etiquette Workshop is geared toward everyday dining as well as special family social occasions.

Workshop Structure

The Workshops are small, each consisting of a maximum of six participants, which allows for interactive participation and appropriate attention to each member.  

Groups may be composed of six members of the same family or a combination of smaller family units. Workshops are appropriate for participants aged 8-years-old and up. Children may not attend without at least one adult family member who participates in the workshop with them.

The Workshop is designed to teach formal dining etiquette and protocol that can be applied to family social occasions, such as weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, confirmations and other events, as well as casual everyday dining in which a standard of etiquette can be maintained in a relaxed setting.

In two sessions that run two hours each, participants will learn:

  • The basics of formal, informal and casual dining etiquette
  • The proper way to eat certain foods, including foods you may eat with your fingers
  • Foods to avoid in social settings and how to handle them if you must
  • How to address awkward situations (fly in your soup, gristle in your mouth, etc.)
  • Tips for planning a family dinner
  • The art of family dinner conversation

Location

Workshops will be held at my home in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, unless otherwise advised.   

Cost

The cost per person is $99 for the two-session Workshop, payable when the sessions are scheduled.  

For families that register six people together for the same Workshop, the discounted rate is $480, or $80 per person for the two sessions. 

Registration

Group Registration provides for one family of six members to register together for the same Workshop sessions. Registering a full workshop of six (from one or more families) will provide participants a reduced rate, and no waiting for a Workshop to fill up. Groups of fewer than six are invited to register, and may be scheduled with additional participants. One adult representative from each family must be present at each session of the Workshop.

Individual Registration or families of less than six participants will place your name or names on a pending list until additional participants have registered to bring the number to six, after which all registrants will be notified so that dates can be coordinated and scheduled.

Payment

Once Workshop session dates have been scheduled, payment by check will be due and received no later than one week prior to the first session.

 

Please send your registration request and any questions via email to jeanne.nelson@prowessworkshops.com or contact me through the site.

I look forward to seeing you soon at a Workshop, and believe you will find the sessions informative, welcoming, inclusive and fun.  Learning the rules and skills of dining etiquette can be a game-changer in your life!

Until we meet,

Jeanne