Many moms struggle with their endless to-do list, and dinner is just one more thing that usually doesn't get done. Author and speaker Trish Berg has a great way to solve your dinnertime dilemma and shares all her secrets in her new book, The Great American Supper Swap.
Thanks for being here, today, Trish.
Thanks for having me.
I wanted to begin by asking you what IS supper swapping?
Supper swapping is really a simple solution to that ever present "What's for dinner," question that hits most moms at 4:30 every afternoon.
It's moms helping moms by sharing the cooking responsibility for their families by cooking in bulk then swapping meals during the workweek.
And how did you become a supper swap mom?
First of all, I'm a wife and mother of 4 kids all under 12, and so life at our house is pretty chaotic most days. I'm just like all the moms out there struggling with my daily to-do list, and dinner was just one more thing stressing me out.
So, four years ago when one of my girlfriends asked if I wanted to try swapping suppers with her and two other gals to simplify dinner, I gave it a try. I had no idea how much supper swapping would bless my life, or that God would lead me to write this book and help other families as well.
Sounds simple. But how does supper swapping work?
One great thing about supper swapping is that it can be adapted to meet the needs of the families in the group. No two supper swapping groups have to look alike.
Basically, women join with 1-4 other women to form a supper swapping group. Each mom chooses one weekday to do the cooking for everyone in the group. The rest of the week, dinner is delivered to their door, hot fresh, and ready to enjoy with their family.
With so many other dinner options out there, why do you think supper swapping is becoming a hot trend?
Basically because moms need help. Today families run at a fast pace unheard of 30 years ago. Usually, dinner is a fast food, on the go grab bag, or relegated to pizza, take out or frozen quick fix meals. These meals are unhealthy and expensive.
Studies have shown that women today still do most of the cooking. Just looking at the workweek, that's 5 dinners a week, 260 dinners a year. Whew! No wonder we're all tired of cooking and settling for grilled cheese, pizza or take out.
Supper swapping cuts a moms cooking by up to 80% since she only cooks one day a week.
For about 1-2 hours of meal preparation and 15-30 minutes or less of meal delivery one day a week, you get a week's worth of hot, fresh, homemade dinners.
How are kids impacted by having dinner with their family?
Eating dinner together as a family opens communication, helps children to eat healthier, feel more connected to their parents, feel loved and cherished. These benefits have a lifelong impact on our children.
According to research from Columbia University, children who eat dinner with their family on a regular basis are 60% less likely to smoke cigarettes, 50% less likely to use drugs, and 66% less likely to drink alcohol.
You also tout that supper swapping adds faith to your life.
Because supper swapping opens doors to deeper friendships, supper swapping also opens the door for relational evangelism in 2 ways.
#1 By forming supper swapping groups, moms are able to build strong friendships around the commonalities of motherhood and cooking, showing their love and sharing their faith.
#2 By preparing an extra meal on their cooking day and sharing it with a family in need outside of their supper swapping group, moms are able to reach out and witness to neighbors and friends, giving as Christ calls us to give.
If a mom wants to start supper swapping, where can she get more information?
There is a ton of how to information, delicious recipes, encouragement and support in my book The Great American Supper Swap, available at bookstores and online at amazon.com and christinabooks.com, or contact me via my website for a signed copy.
What do you hope families gain from supper swapping?
Supper swapping can save families $4000 a year or more, reduces a moms cooking by 80%, adds deeper faith and friendships, and helps families eat healthier food.
BUT MOST OF ALL -- I want families to gather back around their dinner table each and every day. That is my passion. A return to the family meal.
Though I'm an avid supper swap mom, each family must find what works for them and re-claim their family dinner however they can. Supper swapping is just one simple tool to help moms make that happen.
But if you're stuck in a rut singing the dinnertime blues, ask a couple girlfriends to give supper swapping a try
When it comes to dinner - DON'T GIVE UP. DON'T GIVE IN. JUST GET SWAPPING!
Author and Speaker Trish Berg's ministry is helping moms simplify the chaos of motherhood, getting back to the joy of motherhood. Look for her book The Great American Supper Swap -- Solving the Busy Woman's Family Dinnertime Dilemma (Cook) coming in April 2007. Be sure to get on board at trishberg.com, where every mom goes to simplify motherhood.
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