MEET OUR FOUNDER

MICHELLE BECKMAN

MICHELLE BECKMAN

MEMOIRIST | WRITER | TEACHER | SPEAKER

When I think of Sunday dinner, I think of my own childhood—our family time around the fireplace, Monopoly on the coffee table, the New England Patriots on the television, and a roast in the oven.

It was a time when we shared family stories, lived our traditions, and enjoyed Mom's comfort food. Regardless of what happened with cliques at school, teams on the field, or the neighborhood kids that week, I knew I belonged to a special group—my family—no matter what.

But times have changed . . .and that's why I rescinded my corporate career and founded Sunday Dinner Stories.

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A Mom in a Cell Phone World

In today's technology-dependent and overwhelmed culture, that peaceful, connected version of Sunday dinner competes with handheld electronic devices, instant messaging phones, cyber-friendships, homework, and a host of extracurricular activities.

As a mom, I wondered how my husband and I could give our children the comfort, security, and sense of belonging that a strong family offers when everyone was so distracted. I knew that family time, especially dinners together, was important. But it seemed like we needed more than just fellowship over food.

What else could we do?

Connecting in Unique and Lasting Ways

We are fortunate that both of our children enjoy reading books, but they also learn from online sources that were not even available when I was a teen. I wanted to connect with our children in a unique and lasting way, and I wanted our children to connect with their grandparents and great-grandparents.

On the other end of the spectrum, I realized that my grandaunts were aging; my grandparents had long passed. As each elder tragically slipped into dementia or another form of memory loss, we lost our connection to them and our family's history. We were losing our family stories.

It was heartbreaking. We needed a solution.

My Solution

Once I became a mom, I realized how critical family history was to my children's well-being. That's why I founded Sunday Dinner Stories, a life story company whose mission is to help grateful, introspective people preserve their family stories so all generations know they belong, have been heard, and will be remembered.

We transform family stories, beliefs, values, and life lessons into books and audio playlists that capture the attention of technology-dependent, information-overloaded family audiences. And I love every minute of it!

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