Fun at Family Meals: Disney D-Lightful Challenge Week 12

by Janice

Dinner time can be really entertaining at my house. We might not eat the most gourmet meals, but we definitely enjoy our time together. Our biggest challenge? Making sure that we set aside family meal time regularly.

Between school, work, sports, and play dates, we are always running around. Being pulled in a million directions definitely takes a toll on family time, so it’s important to reconnect over a fun family meal.

Try these tips to help create memorable fun family moments at mealtime:

  • Get everyone excited about dinner, have the whole family in the kitchen to help prepare dinner and talk about their day
  • Let your kids pick out a favorite dish – like chicken nuggets – that they will enjoy but you will feel good about serving

This week’s Disney D-Lightful video is here to help you create fun mealtime memories with your family. I’m just sad because this is the last weekly D-Lightful challenge with Disney. These last 12 weeks have been a wonderful journey!

Enter to Win!

Enter now for a chance to win this week’s featured “Fun family meals” products. To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post answering the question “What are some entertaining topics your family likes to delve into at dinnertime?” The prize pack includes:

Perdue Chicken Nuggets
Method Hand Soap
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
Campbell’s Soups

This giveaway will end on December 13, 2011 at midnight ET and a winner will be chosen at random and announced on Sunday in the weekly Around The Blogosphere. Please see our site’s terms and conditions for more information.

D’Lightful Living Grand Prize Sweetpstakes

Getting kids to become animated about healthy lifestyle habits is not always easy. To thank families for striving to embrace healthy habits and following the 12-week D-Lightful Living program, Disney Consumer Products (DCP) invites fans to enter to win the ultimate grand prize – a trip for four to a special Disney Magic of Healthy Living experience at a Disney resort in 2012. Fans can enter now through Dec. 11 by visiting the D-Lightful Living portal on DCP’s official Facebook page, Disney Living.


Please note that we are compensated Disney Brand Ambassadors, but as I said, our love of Disney and all of our opinions are completely our own!

Written by Janice Croze, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom.

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Chuck November 29, 2011 at 7:54 pm

We like to talk to the kids about their school day at the dinner table.


2 maria November 29, 2011 at 8:12 pm

We talk about school, their friends and any upcoming events


3 Shari November 29, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Lately it’s a lot of playful trash talk about family Words with Friends matches. ;)


4 Erika November 29, 2011 at 10:52 pm

My daughter is only one, so right now, it’s mostly her entertaining us! :)


5 Liz November 30, 2011 at 9:28 am

My daughter tells us all about her day in first grade!


6 professional maid service November 30, 2011 at 10:19 am

Disney really is a great company… sounds like a great contest! Thanks for sharing!


7 Idaho Jill November 30, 2011 at 10:32 am

My 4 year old tells us about her day in preschool – with some “I wishes” thrown in for good measure (her new one is she wishes she had wings, so she tells us all about that!)


8 Stephanie's Mommy Brain November 30, 2011 at 10:50 am

We usually talk about our day. Hubby shares what he did at work. Kids share what they learned in school or what toys they played with at home. Sometimes we play word games like I Spy or What am I? The Rhyme Game is a favorite at our house. One person says a word and then others say words that rhyme.


9 Vickie COuturier November 30, 2011 at 11:20 am

we talk aboiut sports an what happened at school that day an what will happen the next day,an the upcoming holidays


10 Kathy Stevenson November 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm

We mostly talk about our day and what we did, I don’t know if that is entertaining. :)


11 Staci A November 30, 2011 at 8:55 pm

We usually talk about our days, but my son usually tries to through in some video game talk too.


12 shelly December 1, 2011 at 11:53 am

We talk about the usual things like school and work. But we also like to discuss some of the books we’ve been reading or movies/shows we’ve seen.


13 SassyModernMom December 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Oh just like you dinners together are getting harder and harder to come by! When we do have a family meal together I encourage my girls to tell me about their days, and we always make plans for our next fun outing together as a family. The family that plays together stays together! :)


14 Terra Heck December 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm

We talk about what happened at school, our weekend plans, and ideas and goals for the future. Thanks.


15 Drina M. December 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm

We tell my husband everything we did during the day and it’s cute to hear my three year olds recap on her day with me.


16 NAN December 2, 2011 at 9:33 pm

we talk about school that day as well as what is planned for the next day
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17 Kelly D December 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Our conversations usually focus on what happened to my kids at school. My son is in Kindergarten and my daughter is in preschool, so it is always entertaining.


18 samantha w December 5, 2011 at 10:07 am

its something different everyday, whatever the kids decide they want to talk about.


19 amy red December 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm

We talk about school, work and the beby on the way!


20 Angela E. December 11, 2011 at 2:55 pm

We try to have the conversations at least three times a week at dinner time.


21 Chuck December 11, 2011 at 6:25 pm

We have family night as much as possible.


22 June December 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Family discussion’s is all way’s done in our home.


23 Garrett December 12, 2011 at 9:05 am

Look’s like a good and well balanced meal for the kid’s.


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