Group Study Guide for

Whatever Happened to Dinner?

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Recipes and Reflections for Family Mealtime

by Melodie M. Davis

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Introduction Chapter 4 Chapter 8 Chapter 12
Chapter 1 Chapter 5 Chapter 9 Chapter 13
Chapter 2 Chapter 6 Chapter 10 Chapter 14
Chapter 3 Chapter 7 Chapter 11 Chapter 15

Introduction: Whatever Happened to Dinner?

Scripture: Exodus 12:31-39

Think about how you would have felt leaving your home of many years under the conditions described in Exodus 12. What three things would you want to take along if leaving your home suddenly and forever? If this had happened to your ancestors (and maybe it did), how would you hear this passage? What memories would it stir up?

  1. How does affluence detract from family mealtime?
  2. How does poverty detract from family mealtime?
  3. Share and discuss your family of originís normal meal structures. Who did the cooking? Were children expected to help prepare and get meals on the table? Who cleaned up?
  4. Compare those patterns to your patterns today. Are they different or similar?
  5. What are some of your most-treasured memories of family mealtime?
  6. How many hours a week did your parents work? How many hours a week do you and your spouse work? How long is your commute? How long was your parents commute?
  7. How does a car or mass transit contribute to the fracturing of your family life?
  8. Do you permit the TV to be on during meals? What about texting or being online via mobile devices?
  9. Do you think keeping regular mealtime helps kids avoid drugs, gangs and crime? Why do you think it helps? Why not, if you donít agree (see page 22)?
  10. Do you know of families where the opposite came true, where a dedicated family with dinner together every night still had kids who got into drugs? Discuss why this happens.

Activity: For one week, keep a meal diary of what meals were fixed (or grabbed), when they were eaten, and what foods were prepared. Compare with group members next week.

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