Around The Table
Meet The Owner:
Meet Danielle Barrett of Around The Table, located in Davidson, NSWTell Us A Little Something About Yourself
I'm a mum of 3 children (1 + twins) and live on the Northern Beaches.
I say I am the Founder of Around The Table but really Around The Table found me. After I discovered the demise of sit down dinners in Australia, and the long list of benefits associated to them for children, I wanted to inform and empower more families to make the most of dinner time.What Inspired You To Start Your Own Business and What does your journey look like?
My life was busy – with three kids (in 16 months), and the competing demands of family and work, I quickly found that at the end of a long day, sitting down and enjoying dinner together just wasn’t possible.
The guilt I felt around not being able “to-do-it-all” sparked an interest to see how other parents were managing to work all day, drop off and pick up kids, and still put dinner on the table at a reasonable time. But, instead of discovering the secret, I discovered I wasn’t alone. Australian families are increasingly moving away from eating together at the dinner table, and with this change are forgoing the benefits of a sit-down meal.
What many people don’t realise (myself included) is that by not eating dinner together, we are actually missing out on connecting as a family both socially and emotionally, as well as providing valuable learning opportunities for our children.
I realised that I needed make a change and focus more on what happens once we sit down to eat. With this passion I founded Around The Table, a service designed to make dinnertime easier and more enjoyable so families can enjoy the many benefits of eating dinner together. With 1 in 2 Australians eating dinner in front of the television, and increasing time pressures on parents, Around The Table provides resources and simple strategies for families to make a change.
I am passionate about helping Australian families, and the facts support that eating together just 3 days a week can make a real difference. As part of my holistic approach to meal times, I speak to parents at local schools and community groups on the benefits, so that families can understand that investing the time is worthwhile.What Does Your Business Offer, And What Makes It Unique?
We offer information, resources and practical strategies for families to make the most of connecting over mealtimes.
We currently sell Dinner Conversation Cards that were designed in conjunction with child experts to make mealtimes more engaging and fun so families can reap the rewards. They arrive in a handy felt pouch so you can take them anywhere.
As the need arises we are expanding our offer, this now includes fundraising and a general conversation pack (for all households not just families).
Did You Always Think You'd Be Doing This?
I certainly didn't plan to be doing this, as mentioned earlier Around The Table found me.
I previously had a successful sales and marketing career however whilst I loved my job, I was never passionate about it. Until Around The Table, that old cliche it doesn't feel like work if you really love it - so true.What Are The Most Rewarding And Challenging Parts Of Your Job And Owning Your Own Business?
My most rewarding part is knowing my product goes into homes across Australia and makes a real difference to children's lives. Regular engaging dinner conversation is proven to support children socially, emotionally and academically this really makes me proud.
As for challenging, I think having your own business especially with something you have created is very personally and those tough days are really challenging.
I also think the other part is you never really switch off, so it's a good thing I really like what I do!Whats Your End Goal? The Moment You'll Know You've Achieved What You Want To?
I'm not sure there is an end goal, as long as I am able to help more families to connect and enjoy mealtimes (and the associated benefits) then I will keep doing what I am doing.