Experience the Magic of Connecting Through Mealtimes

Products backed by research and developed with love.

Research has proven that sit-down family meals provide positive benefits for children, including higher self-esteem, improved communication skills, and better academic performance*.

With this research and personally experiencing the challenges of family mealtimes, Danielle Barrett, mum of 3, developed Around The Table products to bring families together through fun at mealtimes.

The unique blend of fun and thought-provoking questions and games make Around The Table products a mealtime game-changer for all families.

Read the full list of benefits HERE.

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OUR PRODUCTS MAKE CHANGES TO MEALTIMES THAT YOU CAN SEE AND FEEL

  • The Ultimate Guide to Getting Dinner Ready Fast

    The Ultimate Guide to Getting Dinner Ready Fast

    As you know Around The Table is passionate about making family mealtimes easier and helping families to gather around the table as often as possible. We recognise that midweek meals, in particular, can...

    The Ultimate Guide to Getting Dinner Ready Fast

    As you know Around The Table is passionate about making family mealtimes easier and helping families to gather around the table as often as possible. We recognise that midweek meals, in particular, can...

  • The Ultimate Dinner Parenting Hack

    The Ultimate Dinner Parenting Hack

    What I liked about it was that it provided some fun and laughs to family dinners and for us it also gave us some really fond memories of home. A...

    The Ultimate Dinner Parenting Hack

    What I liked about it was that it provided some fun and laughs to family dinners and for us it also gave us some really fond memories of home. A...

  • Bring Them To The Table!

    Bring Them To The Table!

    Once I had decided they were getting too big for the high chairs, I needed a new mealtime solution. This is the point where I would now make a different...

    Bring Them To The Table!

    Once I had decided they were getting too big for the high chairs, I needed a new mealtime solution. This is the point where I would now make a different...

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  • A Fresh Approach To Connecting Over Dinner

    Looking for a fun and educational activity? Check out The Name Game, a fast-paced card game that challenges players to think quickly and respond correctly to 100 familiar family topics. Perfect for kids and grown-ups alike!

    Suitable from 3-103 years.

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The Australian Mum Passionately Behind The Brand

My Around The Table Story

Click to discover how Danielle, Aussie mum of 3, positively changed her families mealtimes.

I knew that eating dinner together was important, but our busy lifestyle made it nearly impossible to get dinner on the table and my family seated around it.
Not to forget the end of day exhaustion that made conversation stifled and more functional than fun.
I started to wonder, how important is it really?
With research I discovered that it was even more important than I thought, in fact I now believe it is one of the most important meetings you will have all day!
Why? Eating together provides proven benefits for children socially, emotionally and academically, which meant I needed to find a way to make it work.
So with my teaching background, and help from child experts, I launched Around The Table, providing practical strategies and resources for not only my family but for your family too.
Making connecting through food easier and more fun for everyone!
Founder, Danielle Barrett, Australian mum of 3 currently living in New Jersey USA.

Read the full list of benefits associated to family mealtimes.

I think we all know intrinsically that eating together is important, when a family dinner all goes to plan, it feels good, and you leave the table thinking we should do that more often. However, few people know that it is actually a lot more important for your child than you may think.

In fact, I believe it is the most important meeting you will have all day.

By connecting over a meal as a family, as little as 3 nights a week, evidence suggests you can positively impact your child's mental health, their social skills and even their academic results!

But the list doesn't stop there, studies have proven the following benefits for children*:

- Higher self-esteem

- Higher grades 

- Higher vocabulary levels (above just reading)

- Higher levels of resilience

- Lower rates of substance abuse

- Lower rates of teen pregnancy

- Lower rates of depression

- Lower rates of obesity and eating disorders. 

It's worth reading that list again, all this from engaging in sit down family dinners!

Research also shows that the key that opens this list of benefits isn't the food itself, so you don't need to be a "Masterchef" or have "Insta-worthy" food, the secret is in the connection that happens while conversing over a meal.

Unfortunately many of us (myself included) combine eating meals while watching television, or bring technology to the table, both of which do not support engaging conversation, in fact, they halt conversation and de-prioritise family mealtimes.

After recognising I wasn't enjoying my own family mealtimes and had created many habits that didn't support connecting over dinner, I decided I needed to make a change. With the help of child experts, I developed dinner conversation cards and games to help my family (and now yours) to have fun and engaging conversations over meals, so that my children could reap the rewards of doing so.

PURCHASE FAMILY DINNER GAMES & CONVERSATIONAL CARDS HERE 

Danielle Barrett from Around The Table provides practical strategies and helpful resources for families to make the most of this precious and highly beneficial nightly routine.

 

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