The Hour that Matters Most is all about the importance of regular family dinners, for both the children and the parents. The authors share several statistics about family dinners, many of them a bit frightening. For instance, one study shows that over the past 25 years, dinners at home in America have dropped by 33%.
This book is so much more than statistics, though. The authors also share how to make your family dinners into a better quality time, instead of just eating then everyone rushing off within 15 minutes to do their own thing. After all, it’s the quality of the time that makes a difference!
The authors share tips on how to open and encourage conversation with your kids, and how to get the ball rolling with the kids who don’t like to volunteer information that’s deeper than “School was ok.” There are dozens of conversation starter ideas throughout the book.
The authors also recognize that time is at a premium in our lives. While many moms desire to prepare good meals, sometimes the idea of the task seems overwhelming. They share quick and easy (and tasty looking!) recipes, as well as time-saving tips for meal preparation. There is also a lot of advice on how to prepare freezer meals.
I found this book very practical and encouraging, as I really want to keep meal times special at our house but am already finding that they’re becoming an eat-and-run event that takes 3 times longer to prepare than it takes to eat!
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review. I was not obligated to post a positive review, and was not otherwise compensated for this post.