4×4 Family Dinner Challenge with Six Sisters’ Stuff

Family dinner was a daily tradition in our home growing up!  With six daughters, you can imagine how difficult it was to get us all around the dinner table.  Between piano lessons, soccer, tumbling, student government, and everything in between it was hard to make time to be together.  Our mom always made sure that we ate dinner together every single night.  It was never anything fancy.  Just all of us in one place, eating together! Dinnertime provided us time to discuss the events of our day, feelings, interests and opinions.  Dinnertime was a time to laugh together and create lasting memories.  I have so many fond memories from our time spent together around the dinner table!
Eating dinner together may not seem like a big deal, but the statistics supporting family dinners are astounding!  Research shows that frequent family meals are associated with a lower risk of smoking, drinking and using drugs, as well as a lower incidence of depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts (Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 2004).
Eating dinner together can also improve your students’ mental health!  Family dinners are more important than play, story time and other family events in the development of vocabulary of younger children (Harvard Research, 1996).  Kids who eat most often with their parents are 40% more likely to get mainly A’s and B’s in school than kids who have two or fewer family dinners a week (National Center on addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University).
These few statistics alone have helped us realized how important eating dinner together as a family is, which is why we invite you to join us in the 4×4 Family Dinner Challenge!
During the month of March, we invite you to have dinner with your family 4 nights per week, for 4 weeks!  We will be helping you every step of the way by providing easy recipes and tips to make family dinners more meaningful.
We have made it our mission to help improve family relationships through regular family dinners.  We would love for you (and your readers) to share with us why you love family dinners and how they bring your family closer together.  You can share with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages! Use the hashtags #dinnerchallenge and #SixSistersStuff
Interested in joining the 4×4 Family Dinner Challenge?
Email us at familydinnerchallenge@hotmail.com and we will email you a free recipe eBook, filled with easy recipes your family will enjoy, as well as helpful tips along the way!
We are also giving away 2 of our Six Sisters’ Stuff Cookbook!
To be entered to win one of our cookbooks, leave a comment below sharing your family’s favorite Six Sisters’ recipe!
The winners will be announced on Monday, April 1st!
Please join us to build families, one meal at a time!
We also invite you to share with us (and our readers) why you love family dinners and how they unite your family. You can do so on our Facebook page, via Twitter, or through a photo on Pinterest.
Join the challenge today! – See more at: http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/p/family-dinner-challenge.html#sthash.CYpTICxA.dpuf
Do you think that sitting down and having a family dinner together is important? Here are some facts that may be of interest:
The average parent spends 38.5 minutes per week in meaningful conversation with their children. (A.C. Nielsen Co.)
Family dinners are more important than play, story time and other family events in the development of vocabulary of younger children. (Harvard Research, 1996)
Frequent family meals are associated with a lower risk of smoking, drinking and using drugs; with a lower incidence of depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts; and with better grades in 11 to 18 year olds. (Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 2004)
Adolescent girls who have frequent family meals, and a positive atmosphere during those meals, are less likely to have eating disorders. (University of Minnesota, 2004)
Kids who eat most often with their parents are 40% more likely to say they get mainly A’s and B’s in school than kids who have two or fewer family dinners a week. (National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University)
Martha Farrell Erickson from the Children, Youth and Family Consortium at the University of Minnesota offers the following tips:
Make dinner a special family time. Turn off the TV, take the phone off the hook, dim the lights, light candles, and have a relaxing time together. Or, if you prefer, engage young children in a creative theme dinner like a picnic on the living room floor. Use your imagination and choose the approach that suits your family best.
Focus on positives. Don’t use mealtime as a time to criticize, complain, or argue. Treat each other with respect and affection. Let the little things ride; who cares if junior is wiggly at the table or little sis dribbles milk? Save the discussions of homework and messy bedrooms for another time.
Decide together how you can make high-quality family time a habit. Are there one or two days a week that you all can commit to for a fun family dinner? What do you need to clear from your schedule to make that happen? And when dinnertime doesn’t work, how about a snack and a family boardgame at bedtime?
– See more at: http://dinnertrade.com/568/interesting-statistics-on-family-dinners#sthash.wVePwSN5.dpuf

Join us for the 4×4 Family Dinner Challenge!

During the month of March, we encourage you to have dinner with your family four nights per week, for four weeks. It’s really easier than you think…and we’ll provide tips and recipes to help you throughout the month. We all know that family dinners are important – they’re often the glue that binds families together, that provides us valuable time to discuss the day’s events, and even gives us moments to laugh and enjoy each other’s company.

Please join with us to build families, one meal at a time.

We also invite you to share with us (and our readers) why you love family dinners and how they unite your family. You can do so on our Facebook page, via Twitter, or through a photo on Pinterest.
Join the challenge today!

– See more at: http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/p/family-dinner-challenge.html#sthash.CYpTICxA.dpuf

Join us for the 4×4 Family Dinner Challenge!


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  1. says

    This is a great challenge. Our family does this, and it’s funny that if we miss a day, our kids notice and mention it! I LOVE THAT! Thank you for posting this challenge! I hope lots of people will start making it a priority! That family time together around the table is priceless! =D

  2. says

    Thank you for this wonderful challenge! Even now, with 2 of our 3 boys out of the house and the 3rd working and in college, we make family meal time a priority. Our middle son comes for dinner every Friday!
    While family meal time has changed over the years it is still in place and important.

  3. says

    This is so important! I am thankful that I grew up in a family that also did this. My husband and I also have committed to do this with our family. Even in our busy schedules ( he is a pastor and we have 1 high school age and 1 middle school age involved heavily in swimming) we have committed to doing this even during the girls opposite swim schedules. We have committed even if we cant have dinner together at night we will atleast sit down and have dessert or a snack at the end of the day together. This is going to be even so much more important as we adopt a little girl into our family. Thank you for making this challenge to families and for your blog! I love getting new recipes that always taste great!

  4. says

    This is an awesome challenge! My husband and I don’t have children. We both think its important for us to sit down and have dinner together, even if his work schedule does get a little crazy it may be really late but I make it happen! We may not get to have every dinner together but like Alicia we may end up doing snacks or dessert. I love having dinner with my husband and inviting friends over to cook for them. It just makes me feel good!

    Alicia – I think its wonderful that you are adopting a little girl! What a blessing!

    Our favorite Six Sisters Recipe is: (I have lots of favorites – but here’s one) – Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan. We have always loved Chicken Parmesan. I never thought to put it in the crock pot. The chicken came amazingly tender and the sauce was yummy too!

  5. says

    I love this challenge! When my husband and I first got married we would eat dinner together on the couch with the tv on; but not too long after I made a new rule that dinner time is family time! Ever since we make dinner a priority as togetherness time. There are tooooo many of my favorite SSS recipes to pick, but definitely any dessert with peanut butter!

  6. says

    We have dinner at the table with our two boys and a game we play where one person starts a story and then we go around the table each adding to it. We always end up laughing! The kids absolutely love this game! The other thing we do is ask “What was your worst moment at school today?” And “What was your favorite part?” It gets them to open up and start a conversation and we get to know what is going on. We do not have much time to spend at the table but as we have learned it is not about quantity but quality. Our favorite recipe is the slow cooker chicken parmesan.

  7. says

    Just recently discovered your website and what a treasure trove! A very nice injection of both “new” and “convenient” to my cooking routine. Our favorite Six Sisters’ Stuff recipe is the Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches.

  8. says

    Wow it’s hard to choose just one! Probably our family fav is the baked creamy chicken taquitos. I tried these first as a freezer meal so I could make them prior to a surgery and everybody has asked for them many times since!

  9. says

    Eating together as a family is something we’ve been doing for a few months now. When I realized how much my boys loved us all sitting together to eat, I started making it a priority. I think this is a great challenge and the Ferrell boys and I are defnitely going to join you! Our favorite recipe is the Baked Chicken Fajitas! So easy to make and soooo yummy!

  10. says

    We eat together all nights except mondays and that night my hubby teaches night school and doesn’t make it home until after our kids bedtimes. we love the crock pot italian chicken…the one with chicken and the bottle of italian dressing! we eat it once a week!

  11. says

    We are working hard while our kids are young to develop a habit of eating a family dinner at the table. Our favorite Six Sister’s recipe is the Baked Chimichangas with Green Sauce. Yum! We eat them all the time and even make them when we have friends/family over for dinner! They are always a big hit!

  12. says

    This is exciting – we actually do pretty well at eating together as a family almost 7 days a week, but a challenge always keeps us on our toes!

    My favorite recipe so far has been the Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu – but I have so many more to try!!

  13. says

    Love your blog and can’t wait to read your new book! Our favorite is the chicken taco casserole. We eat a lot of chicken here. We also do not eat dinner together most nights but this contest will motivate us for sure!

    Christine Hicks

  14. says

    Wow, what a wonderful challenge! I have pinned SO many of your recipes from your blog onto my Pinterest boards. They are all so good! We love the Cheesy Enchilada Casserole..it’s a big hit with 2 picky little boys! Thank you for this challenge…family dinners are so important. I have your cookbook pinned on my “iWant” Pinterest board, where my mother-in-law goes to look for gift ideas for me for my birthday, Christmas, etc. I would love to have that book in my hands because I have never used one of your recipes that I didn’t like. :)

  15. says

    The slow cooker chicken noodle soup was fantastic. I am always on the hunt for easy meals that I can make and have ready when we walk in the door from the kids piano, karate, dance etc at 6:15. Great website, thank you so much!

  16. says

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipes! Our family has enjoyed them and I have LOVED the ease of preparation and little time it takes to ensure we have a delicious, healthy meal. We loved the cranberry barbeque chicken recipe- we served it over rice and it was delish! Thanks again!

  17. says

    This is awesome!! I love eating dinner with my family and as a working mom that was extremly difficult to do! I love that I am once again a stay at home mom and can be home to cook for my family. I think right now it is a highlight of my day to find something yummy looking on pinterest to feed my family for dinner each night and I get an added bonus of having my mother join us for dinner most nights!!

  18. says

    Love the challenge as soccer is in full swing for my household which makes it difficult for everyone to be at the dinner table at the same time so this challenge in on!

    All the recipes are amazing and recently we made your slow cooker 8 can taco soup! I must say so delicious and filing that there weren’t any leftovers!!!

  19. says

    I loved reading this post. I grew up in a family that ALWAYS sat down together for dinner. Although my husband and I don’t have children yet, we make sure to sit down and take time for eachother. My favorite recipe of yours crockpot creamy ranch chicken and potatoes. Made it last night and it was a hit in our house!
    Thanks for such a wonderful website and easy to make recipies!

    Erin H. – Minneapolis

  20. says

    I love your recipes ladies! I’ve tried three of them so far; Ice Cream Cake (huge hit!), Bourbon Chicken and made the Chicken Taco Casserole last night – I have to say the Chicken Taco Casserole is my personal favorite so far! Looking forward to finding something to make for dinner tonight from your site!

  21. says

    We almost always have dinner together. I find on the nights that we don’t dinner is a hodge podge and not really nutritious. This is a great challenge and am excited about participating. I love your baked sweet and sour chicken!

  22. says

    Family dinner is often our only family time. My husband goes to school full time and works full time. With that we don’t see him much. Dinner time is my favorite time because it’s our family time. I have many memories of my family growing up laughing hard at the table trying not to choke on our food. Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is one of my favorite meals.

  23. says

    We have dinner together five nights a week, and on the sixth I join in late after my one afternoon of work. But all three kids are still under 4 years old, so it’s not like they’re going anywhere else!

    I’m fairly new to your recipes, but made your mom’s crockpot chili last week and loved it. Glad I doubled the recipe to put a batch in the freezer!

  24. says

    This will be an easy challenge since dinner as a family has already been a priority. It is getting a little harder with two teens in the house and all their activities so weekends don’t always happen, but we always sit down on school nights even if it’s a later meal. Just tried your Chicken Pot Pie soup and it was delicious.

  25. says

    I LOVE your Skinny Cookies and Cream Cupcakes! I’ve also use the same recipe with different flavors when I didn’t want to make a trip to the grocery store – they’re all SOOO moist! My family and my co-workers all wanted the recipe. :)

  26. says

    I LOVE your Skinny Cookies and Cream Cupcakes! I’ve also use the same recipe with different flavors when I didn’t want to make a trip to the grocery store – they’re all SOOO moist! My family and my co-workers all wanted the recipe. :)

  27. says

    OMG I made your Korean beef yesterday and it was such a hit with my husband. I hate how tacky it is when women usually base the success of their recipes by how their husband liked it, but seriously my husband couldn’t stop talking about it. I followed the recipe exactly but added more crushed red pepper to make it nice and spicy! Finally a ground beef recipe that isn’t Italian or Mexican!!! Thanks so much!

  28. says

    I totally agree with everything you said about families eating together. Our favorite recipe is Grasshopper Mint Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies. Just made them yesterday, so yummy! Thanks for all the delicious recipes. They are easy and so good!

  29. says

    I LOVE your website and every recipe I have tried has been awesome!!! I have so many favorites, I did your 8 crock pot freezer meals in an hour and have eaten 3 of the 8 and they have been so delicious. But my absolute favorite so far the Wingers Sticky Fingers recipe. I would love to have your cookbook!!! And I look so forward to your 4×4 challenge!

  30. says

    Luckily we are able to eat together every night. But it is easy right now with two young kids. We hope to keep it up! We love so many recipes of yours – Hawaiian Meatballs, German Chocolate cake bars, cake batter truffles, so many I don’t even know! I was so happy when I found your site :)

  31. says

    Family dinner is important..we learn so much about our children in 10-15 minutes from that time together..many stories are shared! I do not love cooking, but I am motivated to do it so that my family can be gathered together most nights!One of our favorite things to do is have Breakfast for Dinner..so a favorite recipe is the Creme Brulee French Toast or the Churro Waffles!!!Thanks Six Sisters for a wonderful website and very helpful resources!


  32. says

    This is something we do nightly in this house! It’s very important! As a matter of fact when my hubby has to work late my daughter tells me we have to wait to eat dinner until he gets home! It would be hard for me to pick just one of your recipes but right now I’m a big fan of the 8 Can Taco Soup because I can keep it all on hand and it’s easy and yummy!

  33. says

    Our Family LOVES your crock pot Chicken Parmesan and we are joining in your March challenge. We eat almost all of our meals at home, together but too many of them are spent watching a movie together. Our goal is to do four meals a week at the table for the month of March. Thank you!

  34. says

    I love this challenge! Our family eats together every night…our kids do notice when we’re on the run and unable to sit down all together! My kids call me a “chef” (i’m so not!) but I love that they’re enjoying the recipes I use. I use TONS of your recipes…it’s so hard to pick a favorite.

  35. says

    I think your entire site and all the recipes are absolutely genius! My favorite would have to be the Turtle Bars. Caramel, chocolate, and pecans are the most glorious things known to man. I brought them to a party with a few friends and the whole tray was gone in under an hour. Thanks for the giveaway and a great site!

  36. says

    I’ve several favorites, but the one that stands out is the Hashbrown and Egg Breakfast Casserole. Not only do we love it, but I make it for our church Sunday School group, and they love it too!

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway and for the awesome recipes!

    Love the challenge too :)


  37. says

    What bothers me the most is that it takes a challenge to get families to sit down and eat together. I can understand that kids are involved in a lot of things (perhaps too many), but we always managed to sit down for dinner as a family 5-6 times every week (7 before they started dating). Once they started dating, we allowed one night for a date night out for dinner. The dinners were not always at our house. Sometimes they were with grandparents, sometimes with friends, and sometimes at a restaurant (and that did include fast food restaurants).

  38. says

    My favorite of your recipes is the ham and hashbrown casserole in the crock pot. I am a kindergarten teacher and a full-time graduate student in the evenings. The crock pot has SAVED family dinners for us. Thank you for always posting family-friendly crock pot recipes!!!

  39. says

    I love this! I am a huge advocate for family dinners. I’ve noticed that the nights we don’t eat dinner together at the table, everything just seems off. I tend to snack more, we don’t seem to be one as a family unit, and it’s just not good for the fam. So I appreciate this, and I’m totally in on the challenge. Thanks Sisters!
    oh… my fav of yours is your Quinoa Chili! SOOO tasty and easy.

  40. says

    What a great challenge. I’m lucky enough to say that most nights we are sitting down enjoying family time at the dinner table. I can say that it helps keep us close and I love to hear my kids stories about what happened throughout that day. Thanks for all the amazing recipes!!! I love trying new things and I love getting new cookbooks:) My kids absolutely loved the red velvet whoopie pies and we love the creamy chicken taquitos!

  41. says

    Thanks for the challenge. I love talking to the kids during meals and get to discover all the things that happened during the day that impressed them. We like all your recipes that we have tried so far, but the Honey Lime chicken enchiladas are a favorite around here!

  42. says

    Love this! One of our favorites is the Lemon Blueberry Muffin cake that was just posted recently. I used it and then I tweaked it a little (mixed berries, added a glaze, played around with it some) and it was awesome! Everyone raved about it and I had multiple people ask about the recipe!

  43. says

    I have teenaged boys who don’t talk to us unless we are sitting at meal time so family dinners are important. My oldest son is on the baseball team so it makes it difficult to eat together but we get five to seven nights together. It’s about the only time we don’t get one word answers. I grew up with family dinners as my husband did. I really think it facilitates communication. And I’m new to your blog so I don’t have a favorite meal, but I think I could stay on your site forever!!!


  44. says

    We’ve been having consistent family dinners for almost eight years now (as soon as our first son was in a high chair)! It really does make a difference in the spirit of our home! Our fave recipe is “refried beans w/o the refry”– hands down! They are DELICIOUS!!

  45. says

    What an awesome challenge. We do eat around the table together here every night – and at breakfast on weekends. Granted, my son is only 5 so it’s a bit easier for us now, but definitely something we feel is very important in raising our child. My parents expected us to all eat dinner together as a family (extra-curricular schedules permitting), and it’s definitely a focus in my home now. :-)

    I love your slow cooker brown sugar and garlic chicken!

  46. says

    Our favorite recipe is 20-Minute Skillet Lasagna. This actually sin’t a challenge for us. Our family of six eats together, at the table, every night. We always have. It’s such a blessing to have established this as our normal routine from the beginning. There are no arguments or complaints… ever! I actually find it humorous when my kids come home from a friend’s house and they are in disbelief that other families DON’T eat together as a family. We score a win in this category! 😀 To everyone trying this out and challenging themselves… you won’t regret it! It’s a perfect time to relax and discuss things with your kids and teaches them etiquette as well! Best wishes to you all!! :)

  47. says

    I would absolutely love to win one of your books. I think this is a great challenge. Our family is really good about sitting down and eating together as a family. I just found your blog, but I’m thinking the dark chocolate zucchini brownies are probably going to be my favorite. I have some friends that make chocolate zucchini muffins that are to die for 😀

  48. says

    Sorry if this is a repost, but I can’t see that my comment ever got posted! I haven’t tried many of your recipes yet, but I do plan on it. We recently made your skillet lasagna and it was very tasty! Thanks for helping bring families closer together!

  49. says

    We always eat together, but just find it hard sometimes to figure out what to make each week! So would love your ideas. And I have a couple of favourite recipes…Root Beer float cookies (I was able to make the Gluten Free…I’m Coeliac) and Homemade snickers bars..just love those! Just hoping Aussies can enter this competition too! I would love to have one of your cookbooks!

  50. says

    Eating dinner as a family is tough for us as my hubby doesn’t get home until 7:00 or so. I’ve been making sure to sit down and actually eat with my kids instead of doing chores or cleaning the kitchen while they eat. I have to say, my favorite recipe right now is your moms snicker doodles! I’ve made them 3 times in the past two weeks. SO good!!!

  51. says

    This is a great challenge. WE almost always eat dinner together as a family, but my kids are young. I tend to get lazy when hubbie is working late and not fix a “normal” meal. That’s something I would like to change.

  52. says

    What a great challenge! Your recipes have helped me learn how to cook for my poor husband! :) Our favorite is your Sticky Monkey Bread and Breakfast Crescent recipes! I’ve started making month in advance meal plans and we try a few of your recipes a week and all are AWESOME. Thanks so muuch for your great recipes and blog posts! I know my husband thanks you too :)

  53. says

    I love this idea! Just last night I was telling my family (around the dinner table) that we need to eat together more often! I will share this challange with them!! I love all of your recipes, recently I made one of your chicken crock pot recipes and everyone loved it!

  54. says

    Thanks for doing this!!! Family dinner is so critical! We have four kds, and I work full time, but we always make time! It is so important I started a website to share meal plans to make it easy for others to have family dinners…www.DiningDivaDinners.com. we love the Slow cooker cashew chicken!

  55. says

    I haven’t had time to check out all the recipes yet, but signed up for the challenge, and got to help my daughter (Casey K) try out a few sample recipes. I have to say that the Twice Baked Potato Casserole was a huge hit. The whole family loved it, and I am sure that it will now be included in my family dinner meal plans many more times! Thanks for a great cookbook, and a wonderful blog. I am looking forward to reading more!

  56. says

    Challenge schmallenge! We have always made it a priority to eat dinner together, so this one’s a piece of cake! Of course, the cake would have to be for dessert, and not actually part of dinner 😉

    For dinner, we love the Cafe Rio copycat crockpot chicken. Soooo good in burritos (also done in Cafe Rio copycat style), as well as soups, white chili, crescent wraps, and plain!

    Keep ’em coming ladies!

  57. says

    We’ve always eaten together until recently (the last couple of months). Due to work schedules and other obligations, family dinner has fallen by the wayside. I am so happy to have this challenge to motivate me to get back on track!

    You wanted to know our favorite recipe? Can’t say … I’ve made so many! I tried your Million Dollar Spaghetti thinking my family would say it was “okay.” What a surprise to hear they “loved it.” So simple, but it made a hit with them. :)

  58. says

    I just found you blog so I haven’t tried any of your recipes yet. We eat dinner together every night. There are a few nights a month that my husband has to work late or take someone out to dinner, but other than that we always eat together. I’m looking forward to trying some of your recipes…I think monterey chicken might be one of the firsts!

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