To Break or Not to Break (Bread)

We live in the modern age and most of us are perpetually in a hurry. So how do we build strong Family Dinner Cartoonbonds with our family? Eating dinner together is what most of the top results from a Google search on building those bonds will return. The question remains. Is it actually the meal or could it be parents taking the time to be more involved in their kid’s lives that makes the difference?

A University of Florida article called “The Importance of Family Dinners” says that families may not be aware of the benefits that can come from family mealtime. It also states:

Research suggests that having dinner together as a family at least four times a week has
positive effects on child development. Family dinners have been linked to a lower risk of obesity,
substance abuse, eating disorders, and an increased chance of graduating from high school.

In my experience, the deciding factor is parental involvement at a deeper level, not necessarily trying to force everyone’s schedules to meet at the same time each night. In her article “Why We Don’t Need Family Dinners”, Lisa Hefferman said this about trying to coordinate the nightly activity:

We had family dinner almost every night at ever-changing times. Dinner at our house could be at 5:15 or at 8:45, with huge complaints all around about not being hungry yet or being starved by a mother who is waiting for a father to return.

Authors Ann Meier and Kelly Musick state that their research shows that the benefits of family dinners aren’t as strong or as lasting as previous studies suggest. They add that their findings suggest that you shouldn’t get down on yourself for not being able to corral everybody for dinner. Instead, just finding different ways to connect that will benefit you all is just as helpful. Engage each other and value the time together. That is what makes the difference.

I suggest taking interest in the things that your kids like. It may not be easy, but it will earn their respect. I like to let my kids tell me something I know and act like I didn’t know it. It helps them to feel like a productive member of the family, and sometimes they surprise me with things I don’t actually know!

A parents work is never done.

Shopping For Everyone! Web Accessibility makes it happen.

Web accessibility means that the Web can be used by all people regardless of disabilities. accessibility problems don’t always mean physical disability. It could be you wanting to hear a list of items for sale on your favorite shopping site, or a friend trying to interact with a small screen in a bus moving along a bumpy road.

Let’s face it, we need web accessibility standards. I’m a supporter of it, and I think you should be too.

Get to Clickin’.. 4 things you need to check out.

  1. 9 Useful Youtube Tips to Spice Up Your WordPress Site.
    • This article has some very useful info on going beyond the basics of posting video, I loved it!
  2. Blog Exercises: The Art of List Making
    • Our very own Lorelle demonstrates the art of the list. (Which I used to help me create this one! *wink*)
  3. Living Simply, Don’t Use it? Then De-Clutter and Make a Profit!
    • This is an awesome article. Good advice and some simple get started tips! I feel better already.
  4. Pinterest! A wonderful way to find inspiration.
    • I simply agree with Miss Cassie on this. Have you surfed Pintrest lately?

    Well I hope you enjoy these links as much as I did. Until next time, Engage.

Here are some words and pictures

I am Steve, I am an old guy in my children’s opinions. We are a tribe from Vancouver, WA. I am a student in the Web Development program at Clark College, I really enjoy it.  Picture of Steve MillerI am training for a new path in life now, one that stimulates the creative spirit in me. I anxiously observe the horizon in anticipation of what the future holds for my family

Tattoo of the muppet "Animal"

I try to do things with my time here that will enrich my legacy, not cause a sneer when I’m remembered. I appreciate good food, I love to cook for people and observe their reaction to my creations. I love it when they love it! That said, I am influenced by many people and things. I attribute my beginning in music to “The Muppet Show”, more specifically, Animal. He is the reason I wanted to play drums when I was young, and so I did.

I don’t really have hobbies, I take more than a casual interest in everything I do or it likely falls to the wayside. I have dabbled in many things, achieved a working knowledge of it and moved to the next flight of fancy. I have remained however, rooted in music and gastronomic creation.

Sweet Song Gourmet Creations promo card

My passion for soups, sauces, metal music, and community service is only surpassed by my love for my wife and family. Oh yeah, I’m a momma’s boy too.  My mother is the coolest, period. I got my artistic nature from her and for that I am very thankful.


Power Ties, by the Raging Hormones: Written by Stephen Miller & Dan Miller

This is a song I wrote with a great friend and band mate around 1992. My young, angsty, and anti-corporate anthem lyrics and musical writing style are all over this. It takes me back.
This was when the spirit of doing things that mattered was beginning to smolder, and now It has become a constant flame. Now I know that I can matter the most in the world immediately around me first. I can change me, We can change the world!

Making WHAT matter?

In a nutshell, everything.

This blog is my, and hopefully our, journey to draw lines between the things in life that matter to us. There is already a line being drawn between us as you read this. I wish to define the connections made inside me by the things in life that move my mountains, my passions, and the people I love.

How about you?

So I guess the question is, what matters?

THAT is where we begin.