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Today’s topic is simply…Dinner. As in, everyday dinner with your family at the kitchen or living room table. I read this post from Janelle King at “What’s The Deal With J'”, about what happened when she made her family come to the table and eat dinner, instead of their usual routine. She wrote about the benefits of eating at the dinner table at least once in a while and how important it was to her and her family.
I must say…I agree. Having a meal at the table on occasion, if not everyday, creates a great family bond, and is much better than just grabbing a meal and everyone going to their separate quarters, or sitting in front of the TV.
Why is important? Well of course…because it encourages communication! Evening dinners with your family is a great way to wind down and communicate. About what? Your day at work, the kids day at school, or anything else that comes to mind!
Growing up, my family never really did this. My mom worked nights and slept during the evening to be ready for her 11pm shift. She would cook dinner and it was my dad’s responsibility to make sure I (I’m an only child) ate. We usually did this in front of the TV. Never at the table. I didn’t see it as a big deal then, nor did I think it was important. Now, since I am a parent, my thoughts on that have changed.
Do I do it in my home with my girls? Sort of.
We don’t eat dinner at the table every night. My girls do, I just don’t eat with them all of the time. My excuse? Well…I have a few, but I won’t bore you with the details. I don’t usually eat dinner to be honest. I do, however, make every effort to sit down at the table with them at least a few days out the week while they are eating to talk. We talk mostly about Kayden’s day at school while Kami throws food all over the floor (true story). Even though I don’t eat with them every day, I make sure to slow down, stop what I’m doing, and have that one on one (well one on two) time with them. Which to me, is very important.
How often do you sit at the table with your family to eat dinner?
If you answered every day, that is great! I applaud you. If you answered very rarely, then I encourage you to start having this family time. Even if it’s just once or twice a week! Eat dinner and most importantly GET TO TALKING! If you want something new to talk about instead of the old mundane “How was your day?”, I recommend the great conversation starters, Table Topics, which I will be writing about in the upcoming weeks.
Now…who’s inviting me to dinner? Don’t all answer at once now…
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