Supported by The Pampered Chef, Mealtime Minutes are a series of public service announcements (PSAs) that provide real solutions to common family mealtime challenges. The 30-second PSAs help families create effective strategies to address these challenges and create quality shared time together. The PSAs are broadcast nationwide and reach millions of homes.
Managing Work/Life Stress
All too often, stress from the work day spills over into family time and this can adversely impact the physical and emotional health of family members. Parents report that not being able to balance work/life stress is a major barrier to shared family mealtimes.
While it is expected that siblings have some sort of disagreement up to four times an hour, families frequently identify this as a real barrier to family mealtimes. The solutions provided draw from the research work of Dr. Laurie Kramer’s More Fun with Sisters and Brothers program.
Out of the Mouths of Babes
Positive communications is a crucial part of successful mealtime strategies. Positive communication includes statements that share information among participants, such as including discussion of one’s feelings or emotions, discussion of beliefs or interests outside of the food being served, friendly joking, and discussion of life and family events. This PSA concerns the importance of positive communication and strategies for fostering positive communication.
The average 8- to 10-year-old spends nearly 8 hours a day using some type of screen media, and teenagers are reported use screen media for more than 11 hours per day. Excessive screen media has been associated with an increased risk for obesity and poor sleep habits. Limiting the amount of screen-time entertainment can lead to healthier habits.